Let's do the Time Warp again: Rocky Horror Picture Show is back

| Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It's been 40 years since “The Rocky Horror Show” first appeared on stage, 38 since it had its film debut and 37 since it had its first midnight screening, where audiences started to get in on the act.

While the cult movie isn't set at Halloween, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” seems to pop up all over the place this time of year. So, if you've never seen the film that made the “Time Warp,” Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) and Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) famous, now might be the time.

barebones productions

On Oct. 21, barebones productions will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a gala production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Regent Square Theatre.

An all-star local cast will accompany the movie and traditional audience participation that has become a customary part of the film's screening. Among those in the cast are actor Jeffrey Carpenter, actress Dana Michelle Griffith, drag artist Varian Huddleston, musician and singer/songwriter Josh Verbanets of Meeting of Important People and singer Phat Man Dee.

The show begins at 9 p.m., but doors open at 8 p.m. with complimentary refreshments, craft brews and gift bags for guests.

Admission is $50.

Details: 888-718-4253 or barebonesproductions.com

Brisbane Management Group

Brisbane Management Group will present its take on the cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Show,” from Oct. 16 to 31, at multiple locations in Munhall.

This interactive performance, directed and choreographed by Lisa Ann Goldsmith of Hazelwood, takes the audience to three venues for an immersive theater experience with Brad and Janet.

Attendees report to Outer Skin, at 416 E. Eighth Ave., in Munhall. The cast will greet guests there, then take them along the journey to other local spots.

Admission is $20 to $50 with discounts for students and VIP ticket, which includes a pre-show Time Warp lesson and a post-show drink at Rock Bottom Brewery with members of the cast. Show times are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Oct. 27, and 8 p.m. and midnight on Halloween.

Details: www.brisbane-management-group.com

Stage Right

Stage Right Theatre Company is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its “Rocky Horror Show” — and this time around, they're having a ball — the Rocky Ball, at 10 p.m. Oct. 26 during the two-night run of the show at Greensburg Garden and Civic Center, 951 Old Salem Road, Greensburg.

Artistic director Anthony Marino says the ball will feature food, spirits and dancing with music from DJ Blake and the cast of Stage Right's production. The ball “is really a big party, and this gives folks a chance to stick around after the 8 o'clock show or come early for the midnight (show) and have a blast,” he says. Reservations are required to attend the ball. Tickets are $25 or $40, which includes a ticket to the 8 p.m. or midnight performance Oct. 26.

This year's show features the return of Joe Pedulla as Frank-N-Furter and new cast members Joe Godley as Rocky and Missy Graf as Janet. Both are musical-theater students at Point Park University. Reprising their roles will be Renata Marino as Columbia, Alex Noble as Riff Raff and Anthony Marino as Eddy/Dr. Scott.

This updated version of the show features a zombie theme, as well as a nod to the Edgar Allen Poe classic, “Masque of the Red Death,” Marino says. For the past nine years, Stage Right's version has been performed in an empty storefront. Marino says the new venue will offer the cast and crew a chance to create a better experience for the audience.

“Yes, you can still bring stuff to throw, like every year,” Marino says. For the show only at 8 p.m. or midnight Oct. 25 or 26, tickets are $20; $22 in advance.

Details: 724-832-7464 or www.stagerightgreensburg.com

Hollywood Theater

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” returns to the Hollywood Theater in Dormont at 11:45 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 and midnight Nov. 16. Past shows have sold out well before the screening.

The Junior Chamber of Commerce Players — Pittsburgh's official “Rocky Horror” shadow cast — will perform at both screenings and sell audience-participation goodie bags at the door.

Details: 412-563-0368 or www.thehollywooddormont.org/special-events/

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