Yes, the most classic of cult films from the late ’70s and early ’80s — “Rocky Horror Picture Show” — is playing at the Backstage Theatre for two nights only. By definition, a cult film should be seen by a group — preferably, a large one. A prop bag is included with admission, so strap on your party hat and do the “Time Warp.”
This film bubbles with zest, wit, subtle humor, raw humor, strange scenes, great songs and a huge host of memorable characters.
For the uninitiated, “Rocky Horror” tells the story of two clean-cut American youths, uptight Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick of “Spin City”) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon of “Dead Man Walking”) whose car breaks down on a dark, deserted road in the middle of a storm — the classic beginning to many horror movies — and who seek help at a nearby castle. Castles, as “Rocky Horror” fans know, don’t have phones!
What this castle has instead is a cross-dressing mad scientist, Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry, in perhaps his finest performance); two very creepy servants, Riff-Raff (Richard O’Brien, who wrote the musical) and Magenta (Patricia Quinn); and various other hangers-on, including lovers Columbia (Little Nell) and biker Eddie (Meat Loaf). Brad and Janet walk in on a party celebrating the creation of Frank-N-Furter’s muscle-bound boy-toy, Rocky. Bed-hopping chaos soon ensues, until the servants reveal their true identities and take control.
Punctuating this wacky plot are some of the wildest rock-musical songs ever written. In addition to the classic “Time Warp,” there’s O’Brien’s salute to cult-classic B-movies, “Science Fiction Double Feature,” Meat Loaf’s “Hot Patootie” and Sarandon’s ode to sexual self-discovery, “Toucha Toucha Touch Me!”
As always, the film will be introduced with a dose of film legend. Did you know this was Curry’s film debut and Steve Martin auditioned for the role of Brad? Once the film rolls, you will be prompted when to use your props — snap those rubber gloves, shake your keys, throw your toilet paper, or do the “Time Warp.”
There is still time to vote for April’s Viewers’ Choice: Parody to be shown Tuesday, April 23. Options include “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948), “Help” (1965), “Airplane” (1980), “Young Frankenstein” (1984), “This is Spinal Tap!” (1984) and “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999) Go to www.backstagetheatre.org or vote in person at the theater to make sure your favorite wins.
April and May at the Backstage will feature Mud Season Madness in Partnership with the Breckenridge Film Fest, including “McConkey” on Thursday, April 3, and Friday, April 4; “Antarctica: A Year on the Ice” on Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11; and “We Ride: The Story of Snowboarding” on Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, plus some of the most interesting films from fests past, scheduled every Thursday and Friday through early June.
Concessions are available for all film screenings, including beer, wine and mixed drinks. For more information about the Classic Film Series, visit www.backstagetheatre.org or call the box office at (970) 453-0199.