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December 05, 2016
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A Night at the Theatre with Jonathan Fox: Legendary Holy Grail (of comedy) unearthed at the Forestburgh Playhouse!

Spamalot cast as they are appearing at the Forestburgh Playhouse
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Not to be outdone, leading lady Jessica Wagner (The Lady of the Lake) hit the stage running and never slowed down, keeping up with Loreque and company, while owning the spotlight in an endless parade of fabulous musical numbers. Wagner has it all—an incredible vocal range, magnificent comic timing, and a gifted presence that enhances any production fortunate enough to have her grace the stage. Forestburgh audiences have been treated to performances from this pair before, but it won’t be long before they belong to the Great White Way forever, so I wouldn’t dawdle, thinking you might catch them next time around.

As if these two weren’t enough, there are several standout performances from the Knights of the Round Table. Russell Mernagh, Kevin Confoy, Michael Starr and Tony Clements shared the stage, playing off of each other with glee, and deserve credit for their participation in really, truly, making the show work. Christopher Nolan (Herbert) left no stone unturned in his quest to shine and Michael Schauble (Patsy) did what “second bananas” are supposed to do. Schauble’s “supporting” role was seamless perfection and supported not only his King, but the entire ensemble by example. The “Laker Girls” were a dreamy confection, the assorted guards, monks and gaggle of French stereotypes fully realized, and the entire production (from soup to nuts) was funny, funny, funny, just as Eric Idle intended, and I have to believe he would be proud to be associated with this production.

It wasn’t just me, the audience was rolling in the aisles and tickets are surely going fast. If you can only see one show at the Forestburgh Playhouse this season, make it “Monty Python's Spamalot.” I can promise you a “fish-slapping” good time. For reservations and information, go to or call 845/794-1194.