EAGLE-VAIL —It’s not often in the Vail Valley that one gets a second chance to see a show that everyone’s talking about. Most of our engagements are one-night-only affairs and if you missed it because it dumped and you hadn’t switched to snow tires yet, or your dog trashed your condo, or you just couldn’t get anyone to cover your shift, you were sadly out of luck. World Cup Downhills, Black Diamond Balls, and Keller Williams concerts are fleeting affairs.
I have good news for you, dear reader. The “Rocky Horror Show” that you’ve no doubt heard about around the water cooler or the lunch line (or, let’s be honest, the local tavern) is giving an encore presentation Friday and Saturday. If you’re lucky — tickets are steadily being scooped up going after last weekend — you can emerge from feeling left out. You too can join in the puzzling banter of seemingly unrelated phrases like, “What about the symptoms?”, and “She was f***ed by a 40 foot ape!” and know what you’re talking about. You too can rejoice in the company of an audience of scantily clad, high-heeled women, with men dressed pretty much the same, all in a contest of shock value. These audience members make up a tribe of hedonistic pleasure seekers that, by day, are productive members of our community.
There’s a certain bonding that takes place between audience members who have risen to the challenge, embraced the word “risky,” and become ultimately risqué. A man in stilettos and a corset feels not embarrassment, but instead inclusion, when seated next to an empowered lady in nothing but her bra and panties. It’s a friendship longing to continue, and so it does at the nightly after parties held at local pubs (this week: Montanas on Friday and Route 6 on Saturday). Spilling out of the Turtle Bus, the revelers flit and fling, dancing to the strains of distant bonfire. This could well be considered Vail’s brief version of Burning Man.
And all the while, loyal enthusiast, your merry mirthmakers of the Vail Valley Theater Company, will be your hosts and guides as you navigate this intoxicating bacchanalia of song and dance and sensuality. Don’t miss this, your last opportunity to become a part of The “Rocky Horror Show.” Get your tickets now, or forever resolve yourself to be the fifth wheel in the double date of life.
Bart Garton is a longtime local and a member of the Vail Valley Theater Company. Email comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.