A virgin walks into a Fishnet Mafia production
First of all, I'd like to apologize to my editor. They made me do it. I didn't have a choice.
People who admit to being “Rocky Horror Picture Show” virgins find themselves in compromising positions. I know this from my firsthand experience at the Fishnet Mafia production held at Studio 35 Cinema & Draft House on a recent Saturday night. So that's my disclaimer should any pictures surface.
Embarrassing moment aside, I had so much fun. For those who don't know, the 1975 musical and cult classic is continually shown in theaters internationally, often accompanied by a “shadow cast” acting out the plot in costume. For this special “Switch” production, the Fishnet Mafia members — who perform the show monthly — drew their characters out of golden eggs only minutes before the start time. It made for a frantic and hilarious performance.
I was lucky to have a “Rocky Horror” guide of sorts for the night. When I arrived, I met Jim, who'd walked nearly an hour from the OSU campus area to see the movie for approximately the 16th time. Unlike other attendees outfitted in high heels, fishnets and “Rocky Horror” T-shirts, Jim was not in costume. However, he plans to come back as Magenta, a character in the film, and showed me some corsets he's been eyeing on his phone.
I bought our prop bags, which included a newspaper, a roll of toilet tissue, a few playing cards, a noisemaker and a piece of toast. We were instructed to throw the items behind us (never at the screen) during various parts of the movie. When it was time to use the newspapers, I noticed the unmistakable old @! Alive logo. Thanks for recycling, Fishnet Mafia!
I gradually learned when to yell the classic ad-libs at the screen, and observed some updated expressions involving Donald Trump and, surprisingly, rapper Mystikal's hit song “Shake Ya Ass.” Of course, a highlight was doing the “Time Warp” dance with everyone.
As for the movie itself, I can't tell you the plot in detail; too much was going on. It was cool to see Meatloaf and a young Susan Sarandon. I also remember thinking Dr. Frank-N-Furter was magnetic. I've since learned he was portrayed by the actor Tim Curry, whom I've always known as Pennywise the clown in the 1990 version of “It.” I never would have guessed Curry was in “Rocky Horror.”
After the show, I drove poor Jim home and immediately crashed when I got back to my apartment at 3 a.m. I'm sure I'll see another “Rocky Horror” production. And, what the hell, I'll pretend to be a virgin again.