Rock of Ages first appeared on Broadway in 2009 to great success. A movie version starring Tom Cruise was released in 2012 with moderate reviews. Now, Stumptown Stages is bringing it back to the theatre in Portland in a version that is better than the movie. Sean Lamb stars at Lonny, the narrator of the story. He plays the 80’s mustached rocker with a mullet hilariously as he flirts with the girl seated front row center. His recap for the latecomers about killing vampires with kindness, aka garlic bread, has the latecomers confused but everyone else laughing. It’s a very fun and supportive crowd tonight that clearly contains friends of the cast.
Another hilarious scene involves a couple having sex in the bathroom. A man walks in to use the urinal and they all ignore each other. As he leaves the bathroom without washing his hands, he wipes his hand on the girl’s back while she is riding the guy. This is just one example of the humor involved which was missing in the movie version.
The Brunish Theatre in Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is a very intimate space. There is literally zero space between the front row of seats and the stage. The effect makes the audience feel like they are part of the show. It’s a truly fun experience and a must see for all fans of comedy and 80s rock!
Get tickets now for Rock Ages through Sunday!