Tonight, you should… do the time warp in lingerie


It’s just a jump to the left and a step to the right and a few pelvic thrusts to fit right in for a time-warped evening with Midnight Insanity for their lingerie themed iteration of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

Midnight Insanity puts on the midnight showing every Saturday, but this week they want you to join in on all the scantily-clad ensembles: slips, corsets, even pasties are cool. No judgment from these guys.

For those who have never experienced the hilarity and absurdity that is live “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” we’ll break it down for you. Shadowcasting a live screening of the 1975 cult classic are community actors who mime and lip-sync the movie while also bringing their own personality and flair to the raunchy performance and musical numbers.

Audience particiiii…Pation means you can heckle, catcall (they love that), sing and dance along and, for a few bucks, you can buy a prop bag that’s filled with seemingly random household items designated for certain parts of the movie. (Hint, you get to throw toilet paper.)

Shadowcasted live screenings of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” started in New York theaters in 1976 and since have spawned all over the country and in cities around the globe where generations have carried on its legacy.

Much of the film’s success can be attributed to the LGBTQ community who embraced its themes of sexual freedom and appreciation of the male body during a period of time when homosexuality was still illegal in many parts of the country. Today, the screenings and its following continue to provide a loving, safe space for the queer community, any person who feels like an outsider or anyone who just really wants to have a good time.

Another great thing: If you dress to impress, or dress less, you could win a cool prize.

Giving us a moment’s pause: If you’re not too keen on having a giant “V” scrawled on your face with lipstick, then first-timers or “virgins” as they are called, best keep that information to yourself.

Midnight Insanity’s Rocky Horror Picture Show Lingerie Night is Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Art Theatre of Long Beach; 2025 E. 4th St. Show starts at 11:55 p.m., so arrive 30 minutes early to get a good seat. Tickets for the show are $12 and may be purchased here. Note, if you’re under 17, you’ll need to come with a parent.

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Cheantay Jensen is an editorial intern who covers art and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post.