The Sexy, Risqué, Rocky Horror Circus in SF
The Great Start theatre has been acting as a circus big top while Rock Horror Circus Show by The Vespertine Circus wows and entertains crowds. Expect to see is some of the sexiest circus performances around with teasing, dancing, silliness, heckling from the crowd and some danger as well.This show is very much 18+ as it’s very sexy – including multiple strip teases. The crowd came to party as well. All who attended were expected to wear their masks the whole performance but many matched their mask with wearing lingerie, pasties, and/or assless chaps. After 2+ years of hiding indoors without shows to attend, seeing folks lean in and participate was refreshing and much needed.
The show starts out with a silly dance by cast members. Then a PSA from the circus’ Ringleader, Bunny Holmes dressed as Magenta. She lets the crowd know of some house rules to keep the audience safe as well as the performers. Attendees taunted her a bit and she smiled and rolled with it with off-the-cuff jokes right back at them. There was also a quick “sexiest mask” competition with a few crowd members which got us jazzed for what was to come.
Each performance had its own unique take on key scenes within the cult classic Rocky Horror, using well known music which spanned decades. Some of my favorite performances include Magenta (Holmes) and Riff Raff (Colin Creveling) on the tightrope doing “The Time Warp” and Rocky’s cyr wheel performance (Elijah Cherweznik) where he falls in love with Janet (Nina Sawant). Seanmichael Polaris is also stunning in their performance as Frank-N-Furter. Honestly, all performances were spectacular in their own way. I left feeling like the Bay Area is a bit back to its old self – giving us moments to just to sit in wonder, smile and laugh.
“Duo cyr wheel? Check! Unique apparatuses? Check! Duo aerial chain? Yep! That too! Duo tightwire? Of course!! A motorcycle rides through the audience? Sure, why not! A giraffe unicycle rides through the audience? Also yes. Comedy? Quite a bit! Aerial acts? Pole? Burlesque? Juggling? Contortion? Dance? Weird entrances and exists? Bisexual lighting? …There is a lot going on in this show. We have so much equipment in the wings we barely fit ourselves. Come for the shoes, stay for the butts.” – Bunny Holmes
Catch it at the newly renovated Great Star in Chinatown. The last weekend offering of this spectacle is March 17th-19th and is a must-see event (with doors at 8:15pm and the show starting at 9:00pm.)