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July 12, 2014
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Theatre Beat: Forestburgh's 'Rocky Horror Show' is out of this world


The centerpiece around which all of the action takes place...and the unabashed star of "Rocky Horror"-is the madman himself, as portrayed by consummate performer Matthew James Gray. Having already racked up a long list of impressive credits, Gray's performance is bold, energetic, hysterical and unique. As Frank 'n Furter, the actor must sing, dance and emote (in heels!) and manages to all three magnificently in a tour de force performance that the crowd wildly appreciated, as he strutted across the stage, belting out show-stopping numbers "Sweet Transvetite," "I Can Make You a Man" and a heart wrenching rendition of "I'm Going Home." Rounding out the cast is a troupe of funny and frightening characters, constantly on stage supporting the leads and their commitment to the play is equally impressive, helping to create theatre magic along with a cool set and imaginative costume design (by Darcy Engle and Ashleigh Poteat), lit creatively by designer Michael Bert.

Musical director Kevin Lawson had the great good fortune to have this incredibly talented cast under his wing and now-famous songs like "The Time Warp" and "Science Fiction/Double Feature" were all vividly presented with stylish flair. Without question, "Rocky Horror" is a hit, right here in Forestburgh, and it wouldn't surprise me if this glittering production didn't impel a resurgence of late night screenings somewhere nearby. Without reservations, one might miss out on a rare opportunity to catch this tremendous show and that would be a crime. In my estimation, the entire cast is super heroes, and hopefully, there are tickets available. I'm already planning to see it again before the show leaves Forestburgh and hurtles out of our galaxy altogether. For more information on how you can observe yet another "Miracle in the Forest, visit the website or call (845/794-1194) to take a trip through time and space with friends.