One of our sponsors, The Smith Center, is hosting this riotous musical so we sent one of our own to check it out.
by Andreas Quinones
As I was headed to the Smith Center, I was warned to “get there early for the good seats” and “wear something old”. At the front of the room were three rows of black plastic deck chairs and the ushers passed out trash bag ponchos. I knew I was in for a treat. As ominous strings played, an eerie blue-green light cast its sickly glow on the sold-out crowd, I noticed a group of half a dozen patrons in lab coats.
As the lights went down, there was a blood-curdling shriek and we are greeted by the first of many gory scenes. Standing onstage is George Wendt (best known for his role as Norm Peterson on Cheers) in a flowery old lady dress and Mrs. Claus glasses. At the end of the scene, an entire bucket of fake blood is dumped on a member of the audience.
I don’t want to give any of the plot away, and according to some others who saw it, it follows pretty closely with the movie. The songs were hilarious. The casting was flawless. The pacing was a lot better than many musicals I have seen. By intermission, my entire face hurt from laughing so much. There was a little bit of raunchiness and the very meaning of life was questioned.
I have no doubt that every show will sell out once people hear about it. It turns out that the people in lab coats have their own participation cues they’ve worked out a la Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the first week, that happened. Go see it! Go early! You will die of laughter – and be reanimated! I want to see it again already.
I highly suggest you buy tickets online.
Show runs through Jan. 18th.