Horror fans know the story well; Carrie White is a social outcast who discovers that she has telekinetic powers soon after experiencing her first period. When a cruel practical joke is played on her at the senior prom, Carrie releases years worth of pent-up frustration by bringing the house down on her tormentors.
For this retelling, the titular character is played by a man, and what a man! Erik Ransom is a revelation as Carrie White. Instead of going all over the top, Ransom creates a gawky, awkward, big-boned gal who wants nothing more than to fit in (as well as listen to Air Supply). Oddly enough, early in the show, Ransom bears a more-than-passing-resemblance to Amy Irving (who played Sue Snell in the film).
The rest of the cast is equally fantastic. Of particular note is Bradley Wrenn who plays All American Boy, Tommy Ross. Wrenn is a lean, leggy lad who seems less of a star athlete and more of a double jointed match stick - and yet, he makes it work. His goofy, self absorbed Tommy still means well, and it does not matter if he's outfitted in a pair of skin tight running shorts with knee high socks, or a baby blue tuxedo jacket; he's charming - albeit in a ditsy manner.
Finally, Bethany Ditnes plays the ultimate Mean Girl, Chris Hargensen, and she runs with the role. Ditnes squeaky voiced bitch is a black-hearted co-ed in form fitting rainbow sweaters who manages to manipulate her horny boyfriend, Billy Nolan (played by Justin Jain) into doing her dirty work.
If you live in the Philly area and are looking for a fun way to spend a few hours, the show is playing until November 7th. Get your tickets now and prepare for a fun night at the senior prom!