With its opening a success at the Dixie Theatre last weekend, the Panhandle Players will be presenting the comedy “Coming Back to Jersey,” by Carl Williams this weekend as part of dinner theatre at the Crooked River Grille just east of Carrabelle.
The hilarious show, full of clever sarcasm and sharp wit, focuses on the middle-aged marital challenges of Norma and Howard Karchmer (Liz Sisung and Henry Kozlowsky), who sparkle in their roles, second and third from left. Both manage to capture the energy and clash of longtime married couples, who confront their fears. To snap her husband out of his comic self-pity, Norma asks friend Dorothy Arnfield, portrayed with pizzazz by Judy Loftus, far right, to shake up his fantasies. The widow Dorothy has her own admirer, Sydney Hersch, played by Apalachicola resident Bob Inguagiato, far left. The Karchmer’s grown daughter Louise, local fisheries biologist Katie Maxwell, brings home her new boyfriend Freddy. Frederic Kahler, further complicating matters. Both add a youthful excitement that is a pleasure to watch.
The show will be performed Friday and Saturday evenings, with dinner and the show available for $40. 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. Check the rest of the Panhandle Players season out at www.panhandleplayers.com, or “Like” us on Facebook!