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REVIEW: Crown Uptown’s opening night of Rocky Horror left audiences shivering with anticipation

Wren Johnson

Pure and innocent Brad Majors and Janet Weiss have their world turned upside down one night by Dr. Frank N’ Furter, a “sweet transvestite from transsexual transylvania” and his wacky goons. Sounds great right? 

If this premise interests you, Crown Uptown will be showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the rest of October, with a late night show on the 28. Tickets are available on their website

I had the pleasure of attending the opening night performance, and I would gladly go back for every performance if I had the money to do so. 

The cast did an incredible job with each of their characters, adding their own twists but keeping the same wacky characters that Rocky Horror fans know and love. It was hard to keep my eyes on one performer because my attention was drawn all across the stage to everyone, even the ensemble of Phantoms. 

Brett McGlothern made his Crown debut playing the titular character, Rocky, and he perfectly embodied the confused, sexually curious but naive character. His Rocky was the perfect mix of muscular hunk and sweetheart. 

Daniel Gonzalez, who played Frank N’ Furter, embodied the physicality and sexual energy perfectly and sprinkled a wonderful amount of physical comedy in his performance as well. 

Julia Faust played Janet and she did a fantastic job portraying Janet’s unwilling character arc from prude to sexual deviant, with some great comedic timing placed thoughtfully throughout.

Ryan Schafer played the lovable buffoon, Brad. At the start of his performance, I was a little hesitant, due to some of the characterization choices the actor made, but by the end of the show, I was a number one Brad fan for this year’s show. 

There was one downside of Rocky, and it’s an unfortunate downside for every performance, and that’s the audience participation. I love the idea of a show with audience participation, but there are some people who take it way too far, and unfortunately, it happened with this performance. Some inebriated audience members in the back were shouting the call outs so loud that it took away from the main performance. Regardless, the show and its actors still delivered. 

Don’t let that one negative experience take away from perhaps going out to see Rocky yourself, and supporting local theater while you are there. 

Who knows, maybe we can do the “Time Warp” together.

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Maleah Evans
Maleah Evans, Reporter
Maleah Evans is a second-year reporter for The Sunflower. They previously worked as a copy editor. Evans is a sophomore, majoring in history with a minor in anthropology. They plan to pursue a career as a museum curator.
Wren Johnson
Wren Johnson, Illustrator/Designer
Wren Johnson is an illustrator for The Sunflower. Johnson is a third-year communications major that loves chickens. In her free time she likes to read, draw, and hang out with friends. Johnson uses she/her pronouns.

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    Ronnie j pennellOct 30, 2023 at 11:10 pm

    I first saw the Rocky horror picture show for the first time in 1981 when I was 15 years old. About eight of us all went to Manhattan to the 8th Street playhouse in the village at midnight. 3 hours before the show we all took a double hit of purple mesculine. We were all tripping balls. LOL. In those days at that theater in Manhattan the actual movie doesn’t come on until about 2:20 a.m. in the morning. For 2 hours or more when we were first seated around midnight everybody is smoking weed and hashish , tripping on mesculine and just having a grand old time without a care in the world. It was a total experience seeing it in those days , especially in Manhattan in the village.
    Leaving the theater near 5:00 a.m. walking out still tripping on the mescaline, It was such a trip seeing it so bright and lit up on 8th Street at that time in the morning and so many people walking around like it was 8:00 p.m.. LOL
    Ice cream parlors were open , candy stores etc all at 5:00 in the morning, it was crazy.
    I’d never give back my childhood youth of roaming around Manhattan in 1980 through 87.
    Clubs we used to go to we’re open till 8:45 in the morning because they didn’t have alcohol inside the club so they were allowed to be open till that time.
    If you never saw the Rocky horror picture show and have an opportunity to see it at a midnight showing -especially in Manhattan don’t sleep on it. GO!!!