Friday, October 2, 2009

Uptight Horror Picture Show

Wadsworth Atheneum, if you're reading this, you can make a check for $4 out to CT Scenic. After arguing with the doorperson about their falsely-advertised pricing, we sat down front-and-center for our $9 worth of Rocky Horror... well, horror. We were greeted with a Catholic School-style spiel on what was, and was not, appropriate Wadsworth-style behaviour. We were then threatened with the presence of a security guard and told to "enjoy ourselves".

We were pretty much ready to walk out, until the Come Again Players were introduced. Apparently they are a semi-local (Pioneer Valley) group of shadow actors who perform the full RHPS every Saturday night. They didn't come in costume, but they did sing/dance/yell/screech along with the movie. 

Other than the "professionals", there was little-to-no audience participation, save for one guy in the front row. He yelled out all 96-minutes of offensive jokes, and got up and did the Time Warp. Apparently everyone else still had their daytime-sticks fully inserted in their butt pipes. What a shame. Rocky Horror really deserves a less uptight venue, and a less apathetic audience. But, you do what you gotta do in scenic Hartford.

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