“It's just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right.”
If those lines mean anything to you, then you know it's time for Lyric Theatre's raciest, raunchiest production of “Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show,” set for Wednesday through Nov. 2 at the Plaza Theater, 1725 NW 16.
“The Rocky Horror Show” is one of Lyric's most popular productions, and this year's show features some basic changes courtesy of director Matthew Alvin Brown.
While all the music and songs in the original musical will be there, Brown is taking the play from the original spooky mansion to a rundown, haunted traveling circus with the beloved characters becoming performers or misdirected visitors.
The cinematic version, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” has entertained generations of late-night movie fans with the wild tale of newly-engaged couple Brad and Janet and their adventures one rainy night when a flat tire forces them to seek help at a rundown Gothic mansion peopled by a cross-dressing scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, his minions, party guests and his creation, Rocky.
The original stage production has basically the same plot, but with an extra song sung by Brad.
Over the years, the movie and the play have become an interactive experience between either the stage or screen and the audience, and Lyric's production continues the dialogue.
“This production will have all the songs, but some songs will have more verses,” Brown said, sitting inside the theater before a rehearsal and painting his fingernails a deep, glittery purple. “We have moved the show to a trashy, awful, dirty, dead, broken-down road show though.”
Brown loves the movie and the play.
“I watched the movie all my life. It's my favorite,” he said. “I imagine it in another world, in another time, in another dimension. It has iconic attributes. I plan to give people what they expect, but shockingly, in an interactive live show.”
Brown says to expect to see the things you love about “Rocky Horror” combined with outrageously clever moments.