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TO DEC. 20
The Landless Theatre Company knows what it likes, and it likes The Rocky Horror Show. The company staged the camp classic in August at the District of Columbia Arts Center, and after seeing its latest musical, Frozty the Abominable Snowman, you might get the feeling that Landless would have gladly just done Rocky again if it had an excuse. Instead, Frozty, penned by Landless artistic director Andrew Lloyd Baughman, serves as a wintertime homage to Rocky, as well as to Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Russell Jordan plays Dr. Frozty, a Germanic mad doctor hired by a gold-digging wife (Sarah McKnight) to turn her rich husband to ice so she can steal from him. Things soon go awry, and the snowman starts a psycho killing spree, set to songs by Baughman and Jen Tonon (who also produced the pictured artwork, which is screen-projected during the show). As Frozty’s monster, Chad Allen shares both the monosyllabic vocabulary and fire-related neuroses of Brooks’ screen ogre. Alice Anne English gives the show’s most accomplished performance as Virginia, the lonesome girl who brings the monster’s reign of terror to an end. There are no costumes or set to speak of, but Tonon’s three-piece band, the Quiz Show Scandals, provides plenty of musical fuel for such Baughman lyrics as “He’s Frozty the Snowman/….He’s abominable and he wants to spill your blood.” The show begins at 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, to Saturday, Dec. 20, at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $10. (202) 396-2125. (Mike DeBonis)