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.
Curtain on the show this weekend of the St. George Island firehouse, 324 E Pine Ave, goes up at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15.
Tickets may be purchased at Downtown Books and at Cafe con Leche in Apalachicola, from The Butler Agency in Eastpoint, and Carrabelle Junction.
For more information, call 653-5586. – By DAVID ADLERSTEIN