When Ryan passed along information about “Whipped”— a variety show inspired by love, lust and edibles–I jumped at the chance to see it. After all, the only book on my shelf more worn than Julia Child’s “French Cooking” is Pat Califia’s “Macho Sluts”!
“Whipped!” is part of the ongoing “After Dark” series at the Celebration Theater, which promises to be an ever-evolving show of “burlesque, juggling, improvisation and kinky performance art”. Currently featured is Domina Jane Die performing excerpts from her show, “The Lonely Domme”, a musical tale of one lonely dominatrix and her quest to find love.
I had envisioned something different when I read that LauraLea Oliver shakes her stuff in a “baking burlesque” performanceâ€¦batter coated dancers or something. I was disappointed that there was no actual baking, not even a *poof!* of flour.
My favorite part of the show was the juggler, Lindsay Benner. I can’t say I’ve ever been too excited over a juggling act, but she is adorable and impressive to watch. She not only manages to make juggling look ridiculously endearing but beautiful.
The entire show is brought you by the one and only “Betty Cocker”, who is all too eager to share with you the trials and tribulations of living with a sugar addiction. She’s even written poems about it.
While “Whipped!” wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was enjoyable. See it fast, though, the last show is tonight!
Celebration Theater (323) 957-1884
7051-B Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca
Show at 11 pm, tickets are $10