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December 10, 2016
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Forestburgh’s ‘Whorehouse’ is open for business

David Titus, center, is hilarious as watchdog Melvin P. Thorpe in the Forestburgh Playhouse production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

Abbey Sierakowski (as Doatsey Mae) Chiara Trentalange (as Angel) and Kerstin Anderson (as Shy) all have lovely voices, but again, there isn’t much time to develop their characters and the audience is asked to invest itself without a great deal to work with. That said, the actors are working hard and it shows. Miss Mona’s right-hand woman, Jewel, is brought to life by the talented Joy Lynn Jacobs and her big number, “Twenty-Four Hours of Livin,” is a showcase for Jacobs, strongly supported by the chorus girls. Without patrons, a brothel could not survive and “Whorehouse” has a slew of ‘em in the form of the men’s chorus, who sing and dance their way into the hearts of the audience, aided and abetted by a very funny turn from Alex Drost (as Governor Briscoe), Sal Polichetti’s amusing Mayor Poindexter, Hunter Brown’s sly, sexy bandleader and Harold Tighe’s comical pants-around-the-ankles Senator Wingwoah.

Front and center is Loretta Swit, who commands the stage as Miss Mona, mothering the girls and carrying a torch for the sheriff as the proverbial hooker with a heart of gold. While it’s unclear whether Miss Mona herself ever actually entertained “guests,” it is abundantly so that the character (and the woman upon whose life she’s based) had the ladies’ interests in mind and never really hurt anyone practicing the world’s oldest profession. Swit’s voice is probably not as strong as it once was, but her acting has not suffered over the years and she looked fantastic, strutting the stage in her cowgirl attire, occasionally joining in Dunn’s clever choreography. “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is a sultry, seductive, sassy show simmering with sexuality, but above all else, simply entertaining. For tickets and information, go to or call the box office at 845/794-1194.