From the Financial
by Gary O'Connor
James Birdie once
wrote a passably amusing of the Faust legend, in which a pair
of innocents (Babes in the Wood, the play was called) were invited
to a decadent publisher's home and there submitted to various
forms of sensuality. Richard O'Brien's late-night musical, with
it's flea-pit Hammer film trappings and glutinously masked ushers
ahowing the audience to it's seats, has the same sort of pair,
called Brad and Janet, stranded in the home of the baroque deviant,
Frank-n-Furter, who leads them on a merry trail of vice, round
and round the theatre, until this becomes the most neck-craning
show in town.
Brad and Janet succumb
pretty quickly the various delightful forms of erotic opportunity
offered them, in the form of Rocky Horror himself, a muscle-man
Frank-n-Furter has bred in a test tube, while the whole things
is larded with energetic sounds from the backcloth.
Considering the slender
resources of this theatre, it is a lavish enterprise, with an
arresting zig-zag lightning effect across the ceiling, and quite
a wide range of spectacular underwear worn indiscriminatly and
are exuberant, though melodically some of the songs and tinged
with monotony. (or that "we've been here before" feeling)
Julie Covington is tremendous as Janet, especially when she
lets her hair down at the end; definitely a real talent. Richard
O'Brien, who master-minded the creation, plays the hunchbacked
butler Riff-Raff, with a spindly and agreeable sense of perversion.
The main monster, played by Tim Curry, is a healthy and bracing
piece of vice, indeed the performance has a Gallic extravert
wickedness, reminiscent of seedy strip bars in Montparnasse.
I warmly recommend
it, though the audience is advised not to quarrel with the ushers,
as they tend to squirm unctuously over you like Portugese Men'o'war.
The management is advised to leave at least one door open into
the street at the end of the performance: we found ourselves
trapped in a Bunulesque corridor waiting for some angel to descend
in the wake of the wanton sports.