Onyx Theatre presents “The Rocky Horror Show”

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Think you’ve seen “The Rocky Horror Show?” Think again.

Just as the playbill warns, “This ain’t no movie, honey.”

Most people don’t distinguish “The Rocky Horror Show” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (the latter being the 1975 film adaptation of the original Richard O’Brien musical stage production).

This means that a lot of self-proclaimed Rocky Horror fans have never experienced the show as it was originally intended, in the theater.

For the uninitiated fans who would like to see the original musical, you can catch the Onyx Theatre’s presentation of Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” running every night from now until Halloween.

“So many people don’t know that it was a play. It’s a blessing and a curse all at the same time,” said Director Joe Hynes.

“We’ve had to kind of educate people and say ‘No, no, no. It’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show.’ There’s no movie,’” Hynes said.

That does not mean that there is no audience participation. Hynes and his cast of 13 actors rehearsed with the expectation that the audience would participate in the traditional manner.

The participation, initially a part of the movie’s midnight-movie culture, is now synonymous with the play.

Be warned though. In Hynes’ version, the characters respond.

Hynes makes a departure from the original musical by updating it slightly for a more contemporary audience.

“A man in fishnet tights in 1975 was risque. Now everybody does it for Halloween,” Hynes said. “We have amped this thing up. We have made it more rock ‘n’ roll. We made it more sex. We’ve included a lot of pop culture references.”

For example, the character Riff Raff plays an electric guitar during the famous “Time Warp” song.

Hynes said that the audience’s response to his version has been good and that the stage production is a first for Las Vegas. The movie has been shown several times but never the stage musical.

For those wishing to catch this show, space is extremely limited. If you don’t have a ticket, show up with your fingers crossed. Saturday’s show was sold out and the theater had to turn away 30 to 40 angry people.

Considering the enormous popularity of the movie and the longevity of its success, it’s not really a surprise that there was a large turnout on Saturday.

“It’s a place of acceptance. A lot of people who are on the fringe of things have some place to go and celebrate the differences,” Hynes said.

“It’s like the song in the show says — ‘Don’t dream it, be it.’”