Dig in to ‘Kitchen Witches’ this weekend

Isobel Lomax (Melonie Inzetta), left, and Dolly Biddle (Sally Crown) have fun in "The Kitchen Witche Photo available for purchase

Isobel Lomax (Melonie Inzetta), left, and Dolly Biddle (Sally Crown) have fun in "The Kitchen Witches"

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM.

If you have forgotten how it feels like to laugh, there’s a reminder for you.

It’s pinned behind a magnet like a note on the refrigerator door, written in bold letters, and it reads “Sweetie, let’s see the show at the firehouse this weekend. I hear it’s hilarious.”

Just as you wouldn’t a bouquet of Valentine’s Day flowers, try not to forget that the Panhandle Players’ newest production, "The Kitchen Witches," is this weekend at the St. George Island firehouse and you shouldn’t miss it.

Imagine for a moment a brassy Ukrainian woman who stars in a cooking-show on a small local cable-television station. That's Dolly Biddle, (Sally Crown), whose rosy cheeks are like two cherries atop a cheery, sentimental, creamy interior, savoring the drama of working alongside her schlemiel TV-producer son Stephen (Torben Madson).

Isobel Lomax (Melonie Inzetta), a rival cooking show hostess, has been at odds with Dolly for years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one, married the other and then died. Through the magic of television, and the mute camera work of Rob, The Camera Guy (Liam DeVaughn), the two are cast together in a new show called “The Kitchen Witches” where they go after each other’s’ taste buds as well as their throats.

Inzetta, who was slowed by a bout of pleurisy earlier in the week, was replaced in Friday’s show in Port St. Joe by Madson’s wife Sarah, who was said to have done an admirable job. Inzetta bounced back and she proved she’s a sly, straight man match for Crown’s vivacious comedy, and together the two promise another heaping helping this weekend. Madson keeps the play moving with his well-timed delivery, crisp as the crust on the confections the two ladies create.

The two-act comedy, written by Caroline Smith, was ably directed by Ann Cowles.

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