Your local community theatre troupe, the Panhandle Players are hard at work rehearsing for our first show of the season, “Coming Back to Jersey,” by Carl Williams.

Henry Kozlowsky and Liz Sisung play Norma and Howard Karchmer, a middle-aged couple who have been married for 20-some years, raised their daughter, and now face the uncertainty of the rest of their lives. Kozlowsky lends his sarcastic wit to Howard, who prefers to daydream about spies on far-off mountaintops rather than focus on his daily life as a tailor in New Jersey.

Tired of his reveries, Norma asks friend Dorothy Arnfield, portrayed by Bronx-born and former New Jersey resident Judy Loftus, to tempt Howard in an effort to shake up his fantasies. The widow Dorothy has an admirer of her own, Sydney Hersch, played by Apalachicola resident Bob Inguagiato.

Further complicating this love quadrangle, Howard and Norma’s grown daughter Louise, local fisheries biologist Katie Maxwell, finally brings her new boyfriend Freddy home to meet the parents only to find them in turmoil. Timid Freddy, depicted by Café con Leche’s Frederic Kahler, is taken aback by the Karchmers’ antics, and Louise is not pleased. With Jersey accents and attitudes flying left and right, this comedy will have you rolling in your seat and leaving the theatre with a smile on your face.

“Coming Back to Jersey” will appear at two venues in Franklin County. On Nov. 9-11 see the show at the beautiful historic Dixie Theatre in downtown Apalachicola. Tickets are $15 and are available ahead of time at the Butler Agency in Eastpoint, Downtown Books in Apalachicola, and Carrabelle Junction in Carrabelle. For more information about the Dixie performance please call 404-326-7791.

The following weekend of Nov. 16-18 the show will be performed as dinner theatre at the Crooked River Grille just east of Carrabelle. Friday and Saturday dinner and the show are available for $40, and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday brunch and a show is $32, with a 2:30 p.m. performance preceded by brunch served from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Making reservations in advance is strongly recommended for dinner theatre.

Please call the Crooked River Grille directly at 697-5050. Also check the rest of the Panhandle Players season out at our website,, or “Like” us on Facebook!