I am not a prude.
Hey, I'm a 53-year-old grown ass woman who has had a fantastic, fun life.
- I've travelled all over the world.
- I'm well read.
- I listen to Howard Stern.
So, I'll say it again, with conviction -- I am not a prude.
But, last night I saw The Rocky Horror Show at The Dallas Theater Center, and I'm grossed out. The show is well acted, has great costumes, and a fun set, but it went too far. Simulated sex (even fully clothed) is funny once, maybe twice, but this production just went too far.
My friends and I danced The Time Warp and bought the $10 prop bags so we could make it rain with water pistols and throw rolls of toilet paper on stage. The music was good and some of the actors can really sing. Liz Mikel was her usual glorious self in a dual role. There was a lot to love about the show.
I'm not sure why this production -- really it is only the second act that was so revolting -- has sickened me.
Maybe it's that I'm becoming an old lady who remembers the good old days when we left our doors open and walked 20 miles in the snow to school... But I think it may be that I know that there are real children in the world who are watching and living in porn and smut. Children who live lives of quiet desperation being sexually abused -- who would give anything to just have something good in their lives.
I guess I just don't want to see overt sexuality and hear people laugh about it ever again. I'm shocked and I want the Theater Center to tone it down. But what I really want is a better world for kids.
P.S. About the title of this post -- I just called DTC and left a message for someone to call me so I can give them some feedback about the show. Again, I'm not a prude.