Theatre Mirror Review"Kitchen Witches"

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"Kitchen Witches"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show at the Newport Playhouse is "Kitchen Witches". Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle are two "mature" cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for 30 years, ever since Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food! Dolly's long-suffering TV producer son Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel's, it's a losing battle, and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer. Director John Ricci creates farcical situations especially the opening Dolly scene as well as the Gone With the Wind segment and there is a powerful dramatic twist that leaves you in tears near the close of the show.

The set is by Fred Davison. Stage managers Jon Keene and Nishan Lawton keep the show running smoothly with the multitude of props of food of every type imaginable. Although the script is a bit choppy at times, the acting of these performers shines all night long. David Adams Murphy commands the stage in this role. He weaves in and out of the arguing divas with ease. Some of his best moments occur when he has interactive moments with the audience and delivers his lines wonderfully. Outstanding is the electrifying scene with Molly near the close of the show. Molly Marks and Sandra Nicastro play Isobel and Dolly. They are outstanding natural born comediennes. Molly has some splendid comic moments in this show but it is the dramatic one that will leave you in tears at her tender hearted portrayal which will capture your attention. Sandra has many funny scenes and one of the funniest is when she throws a pie in an audience member's face. Rounding out the cast is Amy Thompson, a fine actress in the role of the camera person who keeps things running smoothly in this video show setting. All the performers do a terrific job in their roles. Enjoy a delicious all you can eat buffet before the show and an entertaining patriotic cabaret after the show to round out a marvelous night of theatre. Tell them Tony sent you.

"Kitchen Witches" (28 June - 5 August)
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE
@ 104 Connell Highway, NEWPORT RI
1(401)

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