The Horror! The Horror!
The Woodlawn Theatre has cooked up a doozy. Another slice, anyone?
By David Estlund, 11:00AM, Wed. Oct. 30
There's a light over at the Frankenstein place roughly 80 miles southwest of Austin, and your AggreGAYtor survived a trip to the laboratory.
This past weekend, unconventional blogophiles, your AggreGAYtor witnessed a new breakthrough in cosmetological research, and San Antonio was to be ours! The Woodlawn Theater is presenting a very special live theatrical run of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. But more importantly, dear hot patooties, this production steps up the reactor power three more points, with three RuPaul’s Drag Race celebutantes. Featuring Willam Belli as Riff Raff, Michelle Visage as Magenta, and none other than Justin Andrew Honard AKA Alaska Thunderf**k as the sweet transvestite Doctor Frankenfurter, this show is entertaining as f**k, and perhaps on a good night, may contain nudity.
Can Michelle sing? Of course. Can Alaska vamp? Natch. Is Willam in an appropriately Willam-ish role? Absolutely. But as with any Rocky Horror experience, the real entertainment comes from audience interaction. At one point a friend leaned over and whispered "Alaska's giving us Cher real hard right now," right before an audience member yelled "Did you steal that from Cher?" In a movie theater, it's great fun to shout quips at the screen and slip in words and phrases that turn random lines into dirty jokes, but when the actors are right there, able to break the fourth wall, barrel through the interruption, or simply manipulate the melodramatic pauses to allow extra heckling, it's a helluva good time. All the performances are pitch-perfect, but aside from an awesome collection of Transylvanians, James Apollo Bradley as the Narrator plays hard and straight, but clearly granting the audience the chance to play, while Dave Cortez steals the show by having Dr. Scott heckle right back – at our performance he even launched into a quick improvisation of "Springtime for Hitler," a musical number from The Producers, in response to a shout-out. It's surprising the audience interaction developed after the film was made, but had it not developed the way it did, it would probably have been seen as just that: heckling.
There are just three shows left: Thursday at 8, Friday and Saturday at 11. Tickets are available here.