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Richard O'Brien's

The Rocky Horror Show

April 26th - November 25thAvon TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 11 Critics
  • mid 66% of shows in the 2018 season
11 Reviews
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The Chicago Tribune - Chris Jones

A triumph, in its ridiculous way

““Rocky Horror” really is kind of a triumph, in its ridiculous way, in that it feels like a re-creation of a lost property with a score which is, to my mind, and I know some differ, very much the equal of, say, “Little Shop of Horrors.” And, palpably, it’s a hit, with the (somewhat) younger audiences all theaters covet arriving in droves from Toronto and beyond, entirely ready to party.

None of this would work without bravura vocals and charm from Dan Chameroy as the sweet transvestite from transsexual wherever and, notably, from Jennifer Rider-Shaw, who gives Janet a power in delicious contrast to her usual demure persona. Add in a very muscular and funny Rocky (George Krissa) and a frenetic Columbia (Kimberly-Ann Truong) and the eye hardly knows where to look.”

Read Full Review07/26/2018

The New York Times - Jesse Green

The brawn of Dan Chameroy

“The chief anarchist is, of course, Frank N. Furter, the “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” who lives on polymorphous lust and is usually played by a buff man in a backward corset. They don’t get much buffer than Dan Chameroy, a Miss Trunchbull in “Matilda” and a Stratford veteran…

His brawn, no less than his witty, not-too-winky performance, sharpens the musical’s idea that liberation from gender conformity benefits everyone. This includes his homunculus Rocky Horror (George Krissa, also buff), the virginal interlopers Brad and Janet (Sayer Roberts and Jennifer Rider-Shaw, also buff) and even the audiences for whom the original production provided a rallying cry: “Don’t dream it, be it.”

Read Full Review07/25/2018

The Slotkin Letter - Lynn Slotkin

Wild, raucous, hedonistic and vibrant

“This is some of the best work that director/choreographer Donna Feore has done. It is wild, raucous, hedonistic and vibrant. The choreography is appropriately frenzied and leaves you breathless. Michael Walton has lit this with dazzle as if it were a rock concert, which in part, it is. Dana Osborne’s costumes are witty and daring. The production is sublime.

Read Full Review06/22/2018

Broadway World - Lauren Gienow

Phenomenal company here

“Mr. Chameroy absolutely owns the stage as Frank N. Furter…. Robert Markus is a revelation as the ghoulish handyman, Riff Raff. His voice, much like his character, is otherworldly! Steve Ross is in his usual fine form as the Narrator. His reactions to audience taunts on opening night made the show exponentially more fun. Erica Peck was possibly born to play Magenta/Usherette and we are all just lucky to bear witness. Kimberly-Ann Truong’s Columbia is a manic and hilarious highlight as well.”

Read Full Review06/06/2018

James Wegg Review - James Wegg

The unrepentant theme of pleasure

“What does the Rocky Horror Show have in common with a theatre festival whose mainstay is William Shakespeare?

The answer?

Well, cross-dressing and sexual innuendo, of course.”

Read Full Review06/05/2018

Stage Door - Christopher Hoile

Severely flawed cult musical

“Though it will be heresy to hardened Rocky Horror fans, from an objective point of view the musical goes seriously downhill in Act 2…

If you must, do see The Rocky Horror Show for the principals’ performances. But do recognize that the show is a cult musical precisely because it is severely flawed.”

Read Full Review06/06/2018

Entertain This Thought - Mary Alderson

Interactive theatre

“At first, it feels a little like you’re at a party where everyone knows everyone else, and you’re the newcomer. The audience seems to know every line of the show, and although I had seen the movie years ago, I certainly wasn’t as familiar as the cult followers. I am, what Rocky Horror fans call, a virgin.

But soon, you are having just as much fun as all the others.”

Read Full Review06/06/2018

The Stratford Beacon Herald - Galen Simmons,

Monty Python meets Pink-Floyd

“Because the intricately layered and partially removable costumes, the Monty-Python-meets-Pink-Floyd sets, and the strangely titillating and tantalizing talents of Dan Chameroy (Frank N. Furter) and the rest of the cast will convert even Rocky Horror Show virgins, such as myself, into Time-Warp-dancing, fishnet-wearing, Brad-hating, Narrator-booing fanatics…Though I enjoyed myself immensely, I feel as if the show gets better every time you watch it.”

Read Full Review06/03/2018

The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Refreshingly profane

” A good three-quarters of the fun comes not from the material itself, but the interjections of the audience and the cast’s reactions to them – including, the night I was there, a couple of particularly dirty ones about Stratford’s biggest icons: Justin Bieber and the local swans.”

Read Full Review06/03/2018

The Toronto Star - Karen Fricker

Dan Chameroy is superb

“Dan Chameroy gives us a Dr. Frank N. Furter straight out of the weight room: the initial sight of him with his shoulders and biceps bulging above the iconic reverse garter rather takes the breath away. Like his fellow cast members, Chameroy looks amazing in Dana Osborne’s costumes, and his vocal performance in the signature numbers “Sweet Transvestite” and “I Can Make You a Man” is superb.”

Read Full Review06/03/2018

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