If you haven't seen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in a theater for a while, Friday night will bring an ideal chance to revisit Brad, Janet, Eddie, Magenta, Columbia, Riff Raff and Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
The Players Theatre in Sarasota is celebrating Halloween Eve with a sing-along screening of the comedy-horror classic, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. It's kind of hard to figure why the people at Players felt the need to specify that it's a sing-along, because virtually every public screening of the film brings out people who dress as various Transylvanians, sing along with the many classic songs, including "Time Warp," "Hot Patootie -- Bless My Soul" and "I Can Make You a Man") and shout retorts to the film's dialogue. In fact, even stage versions of the show often draw audiences intent on participating.
The Players Theatre is apparently encouraging audience involvement beyond singing, because the admission price includes a bag of props. There's no word on exactly what props will be in the bags, but audiences at the midnight shows that were ubiquitous in the 1980s would often bring hot dogs, newspapers, water pistols, party hats and toast. If you're among the few who have never seen "Rocky Horror," this might not be the best way to experience it the first time.
The audience participation stuff is fun, but it makes it hard to appreciate the movie itself, which has a lot of great songs and introduced Susan Sarandon, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry and Barry Bostwick to the world.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $25 adults, $12 students. Information: 941-365-2494, theplayers.org.
-- Marty Clear