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The Rocky Horror Show Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 30 2011

Plot isn't a strong point of Richard O'Brien's campy 1973 musical. The circuitous story--in which straight-laced Brad and Janet spend a transformative night at the roadside castle of crazed intergalactic transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter--is mostly an excuse to stage tuneful, risque numbers about the joys and pitfalls of pansexuality. But Alex Higgin-Houser's deliberate, intermittently cluttered production for Underscore Theatre further confuses things until the show is nearly opaque. And David Kornfeld's ragged musical direction makes the two-and-a-half-hour running time arduous. Still, there are cherry-pickable pleasures. Half the production numbers sizzle. Anthony D'Amato's ghetto-fabulous Frank-N-Furter consistently entices. And as sex toy Rocky, Marcus Desion looks delicious in stretchy hot pants. --Justin Hayford

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