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Kensington Arts Theatre Rocky Horror Show

By • Nov 6th, 2009 • Category: Reviews
Rocky Horror Show
Kensington Arts Theatre
Kensington Town Center, Kensington, MD
Through November 14th
Reviewed October 31st, 2009

The Kensington Arts Theatre brings us a cult classic for the Halloween season that does not disappoint. If you have never seen the show or movie I highly recommend you make this production your “first time.” It’s an experience like none other, because unlike any normal live production, at The Rocky Horror Show they actually encourage heckling. It’s a tradition that has been going on for years and years. They even provide the audience with a “fun pack” which includes items to be used throughout the show, such as noise makers, toilet paper and squirt guns. It costs a nominal fee of five dollars, which helps support your local arts and adds to the fun of the show.

Janet Weiss, played by Amy Baughman, and Brad Majors, played by Tim Adams, are a young and very innocent couple who just got married. They are on the road traveling to their honeymoon destination when they are run off the road and must seek shelter at an old mansion. That is where they are introduced to the strange family of scantily clad amorous “freaks.” They lead Janet and Brad into their home where they introduce them to their master, Dr. Frank N. Furter, played by John P. Loughney.

Loughney gets into his character and is a force to be reckoned with. No one better interrupt him during his solo or he will call them out and restart the song. He actually did stop the performance to tell a heckler “Hey, when I sing you listen.”

There is a lot of action and movement on such a tiny stage. It’s hard to believe they were able to have so many characters singing and dancing and carrying on in such a way and have no one trip or fall. This funny, crazy, sex-filled tale is filled with interesting characters, cross dressers and a hunky half naked creation known as Rocky, played by Michael Hammond. Rocky is supposed to become the newest “play thing” for Dr. Frank N. Furter, which causes some jealousy amongst his more loyal subjects Columbia, played by Courtney Basich, Riff Raff, played by Ryan Manning and his sister Magenta, played by Ann Davis, who have a surprise or two up their sleeves, or G-string depending on which character it is. The show pays tribute to the absolute ridiculousness of early science fiction shows, it has a little bit of everything to make you laugh and maybe gag a little too.

If you want to get the best view possible show up early. It can be hard to see, especially in the back. Sit up in the front if you can, you may end up getting a little wet and have some toilet paper thrown at you, but it’s worth it to experience the cross dressing beauty that is The Rocky Horror Show.

Disclaimer: Kensington Arts Theatre provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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spent two years working in a coached ensemble called (luxurious tooth) in Chicago, and had the privilege of working with Jonathan Pitts founder of the Chicago Improv Festival. Since moving back to DC Sara has been involved in various local productions such as Hexagon's "Strike while the irony's hot" and "What so proudly we bailed" and is now Hexagon's Marketing VP. She also has performed at The Blair Mansion ("Politics is Murder," "The Day Disco Died" and "Murder is All in the Family." She is also is a comedy writer who has interned for "The Potomac Review," a literary magazine published by Montgomery College.

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  1. Kensington Arts Theatre proved once again why they keep winning so many WATCH Awards. I agree with Sara that this production “does not disappoint”. I really “relished” John Loughney’s campy performance as “Frank N. Furter”. Tim, Ryan, Courtney, Ann, and Amy – and the rest of the cast – were having so much fun on the stage, that it was infectious! It was sold out when I went last Saturday night, and the audience loved it. I need to congratulate the great work done by the talented band -conducted by Mayumi Baker, Laurie Newton’s energetic choreography, Lauren Pedersen’s colorful costumes, and Patrick Pho’s great videography – filled with highlights from great B Movies – which was a visual treat. Director Darnell Morris is one of the most talented young directors in the area, and it really shows in this production.