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Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show

Adelaide Festival Theatre, until January 13

Review by Honey B

Sweet transvestite – The Rocky Horror Show is back again in all of its over-the-top glory and starring an equally OTT Craig McLachlan. It has only been three years since we last time warped back to that spooky alien house and this latest version by producers Howard Panter and John Frost is even sexier and cheekier than ever. The iconic production first opened in London’s Royal Court Theatre in 1973 and it quickly found a cult following and that following was out and celebrating the fun this New Year’s Eve (Sunday, January 31, 2017). Playing up to an excitable crowd at the newly renovated Adelaide Festival Theatre McLachlan reprised his Helpmann Award winning role as Dr Frank-N-Furter and wow was he ever impressive in heels. The versatile actor gave a superb performance as he entertained the audience throughout every scene he was in – especially the bedroom scenes. McLachlan possesses impressive comic timing and has a true flair for one-liners as he sparred with the fans. He also brought great emotional depth to the final scenes as it’s time to go home. The ensemble cast was also in fine form. Michelle Smitheram and Rob Mallett were on-song as the wholesome, newly engaged, couple Brad and Janet who are forced to seek help at the isolated mansion when their car gets a flat tyre. They are greeted at the mansion by a motley crew of suspect types including Kristian Lavercombe, Amanda Harrison and Nadia Komazec as Riff Raff, Magenta and Columbia (respectively). The trio kept the energy high. Brendan Irving was in spectacular form as Rocky – Frank-N-Furter’s latest creature creation.  Cameron Daddo in the role of the narrator and straight-man was all class. However the New Year’s Eve fans did try many times to shake his unflappable nature – and a few times the fans won as Daddo had to concede a smile or shake of the head. Hot Patootie, don’t let this wild science fiction classic get away. (Please note, at selected shows the Narrator is played by Adelaide’s Peter Goers).
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