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Rust Belt brings back ‘Rockin’ Horribles’

The musical comedy “The Rockin’ Horribles” returns to the Calvin Center on Friday for a three-weekend run.

The Rust Belt Theater Company production written by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor made its debut last year.

After crashing their car in a neighborhood on the “wrong side of the tracks,” a young couple, Chad and Becky, find themselves seeking refuge in the estate of an eccentric recluse who has a very unusual fetish.

With the assistance of creepy cohorts Jib Jab, Fuchsia and Columbiana, the recently engaged couple tests the boundaries and limitations of their “traditional” relationship. The result is an evening of dark comedy, audience participation and “rocking horror” that is rated “R” for adult language and situations.

If that plot sounds just a jump to the left and a step to the right of “The Rocky Horror Show,” Joki assures that it’s, uh, only a “coincidence.”

The cast features Wesley Miller, Jude Mikulich, Brooke Nobbs, Kage Coven, Lisa Torrence, Geri Dewitt, Keith Ian, Erik Glasgow, Martin Daniels, Danielle Kiraly, Heather Powell, Janelle Yohman, Alicia Royer and Mary James.

“We have a lot of new performers this year,” Joki said. “I am especially excited to work with Danielle Kiraly, known locally as DJ Dani from Equality Entertainment. I’ve been trying to get her on my stage for quite some time.”

Nobbs will be taking over the role of Becky, which was originally written with her in mind.

According to Joki, “Sometimes I write roles with certain people in mind, but they don’t get to perform them because of scheduling conflicts. It’s always nice when they are eventually able to do them.”

“The Rockin’ Horribles” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Nov. 16 at the Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Audience participation bags will be available at the door for an additional fee. For reservations or more information, call 330-507-2358.

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