THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW Enters Final Two Weeks

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 2, 2012

It’s not on any guided tours and far from being awesome, as Hemingway’s larger-than-life home with its six-toed cats is. But it is where Tennessee Williams hung his hat, drank his extra dry martini, and wrote some great plays.

As many times as I’ve found myself in Key West, I’ve never found Tennis Shoes’ house — “Tennis Shoes” is what the waiters at Joe Allen nicknamed Tennessee when he came in after rehearsals for one of his last and less famous plays, wearing white Converses and drinking far too many martinis far into the morning.

But a small bookstore on Fleming Street listed the address, and there it was, much more lush with vegetation than it appears when it was used for the exterior scenes in Rose Tattoo. Someone said you can’t miss it for the red shutters, but 1341 Duncan Street was all shut up due to Hurricane Isaac. And why bother to glorify the back of a shutter?

Shutters notwithstanding, there it was. I had to have my photo taken in front of it — well, he is called Tennessee, and that’s where I’m from. I’ve directed his plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and, most recently, A Streetcar Named Desire. I’ve also played Tom in The Glass Menagerie and directed it three times, once with Stephen Adly Guirgis as Tom. Guirgis is coming down this spring, so my having my picture made in front of Tennessee Williams’ home completes a circle.

I left early voting with a smile on my face and a light heart, saying to everyone who would listen, “Hey, I’m an American! I’m an American!” I wanted to weep with joy. I went back to the Roxy and put on fishnets, with great difficulty, and high heels, which are impossible to walk in.

But that oddity cannot compare with Target’s Christmas television commercials in early October or Christmas wreaths visible on City Hall. But, as always, I’m confronted with my own double standard of having cast Cratchits and beginning the countdown of “Bah Humbug”s ‘til the Babe is borne. Can one have it both ways? I often do.

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the Cratchit children in A Christmas Carol this past Monday, and congratulations to those who were cast: Gavin Berlyak, Lauren Mund, Ashley Knowles, Sydney Barksdale and Jesse Boyle as Martha; Truman Jepson, Scott Hall, Samuel Beals, Mitchell Wolfe and Christian Rieke as Peter; Cheyenne Deibert, Summer Aoki, Kourtni Cottrell, Whitney Flickinger and Madeline O’Connor as Belinda; Kaevon Burney, Ali Arnold, Emma Justice, Georgia Smith and Addisyn Bryant as the Urchin; Roseanna Vaughn, Bella Rose Cargill, Nathanael Dorminey, Connor Harty and Dallas Harty as Tiny Tim.

The Rocky Horror Show is in its final two weeks, playing Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee this Saturday. This Saturday is also our “Wine & Theatre” night, during which you can enjoy Beachaven’s best and light comestibles along with the 8pm performance for a $40 ticket.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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