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The Midnight Experience at The Cutting Room mixes aerial, burlesque and more

A special preview of The Cutting Room's newest show, The Midnight Experience, brought out all the stops.

In fact, there were some moments, i.e. when the host, magician Albert Cadabra (real name, we're pretty sure) swallowed a six-foot-long balloon (an illusion, we're pretty sure) that were more #MakeItStop.

Dressed in a black suit and a pink rhinestone-embellished tie that screamed "I'm a middle-aged redhead who wishes I had a quinceanera" -- don't worry, the entire outfit came off later as Cadabra stripped to his underwear during an only slightly uncomfortable audience participation bit -- Cadabra set the quirky, must-drink-more-to-make-this-hilarious, tone for the evening.

Advertised as a performance of "Sex, Aerial & Rock'n'Roll", 9:30 p.m. on a rainy Wednesday night perhaps drew out a less rowdy audience than the show's regular 11:30 p.m. showtime on Saturdays.

Tickets start at $20, with an additional $20 drink minimum per person. Drink more (safely, of course) to make the most of your Midnight Experience. Compared to "Hamilton" prices -- and ticket availability -- this lowish-cost entertainment provides an unforgettable Saturday night. And yes, Snapchatting during the performance is allowed. We have a few highlights.

An aerialist pouring prosecco welcomes you

Well, for VIP media at least. Though getting
Photo Credit: Rob Klein

Well, for VIP media at least. Though getting a drink from a man suspended in the air was slightly less efficient than just pushing one's way to the crowded bar. The Cutting Room is partially owned by Chris Noth i.e. Mr. Big -- you could see Carrie and Samantha accidentally ending up there, looking confused, and accidentally having a good time that ends in a small but important revelation about their current dating situations. But unlike "Hamilton," it's not the type of place you'd expect to see Michelle Obama, or Noth, really in the front row seats.

There's a lot of posing in costumes

Prepare to be #impressed.
Photo Credit: Rob Klein

Prepare to be #impressed.

Burlesque is also key in the performance

Bring cash tips (if that's your thing) for
Photo Credit: Rob Klein

Bring cash tips (if that's your thing) for the go-go dancing intermission performance. In addition to aerial arts, contortionism and comedy, the burlesque segments of the show make the evening just that much more scandalous. Don't bring your mom.


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