When Standing Room Only Productions executive producer Wayne Landon was a kid growing up in the 1960s, the world was black and white, he recalls. ''Or at least it appeared that way on my family's 12-inch Motorola TV.'' Landon's affection — ''if not obsession,'' he admits — for 1930s horror films like The Wolfman, Dracula, The Invisible Man, The Mummy and Frankenstein set the stage for his fondness for Young Frankenstein The Musical, Mel Brooks's ode to the big, lovable, misunderstood monster being presented by SRO at Obsidian Art Space.
''When [the movie] Young Frankenstein opened on the big screen in 1974, it was not only absolutely hysterical…the monochromatic look reminded me of those 1930s-era horror movies,'' Landon says. While the stage play's scenes and dialogue are essentially the same as in the classic 1974 movie, a musical score, also written by Brooks, supplements the show. ''The most challenging visual element is bringing the monochromatic look and feel of the movie to the stage — or at least attempting to do so for the more classic scenes,'' Landon says.
3522 White Oak Drive
Houston, TX 77007
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. October 20. Through October 26. 3522 White Oak Drive. For information, call 713-300-2358 or visit sro-productions.com. $25 to $32.50.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 3. Continues through Oct. 26, 2013