Review by Kathy Carpenter
July 18, 2023 (La Mesa) - A delightful culinary treat where Martha Stewart meets Jerry Springer takes stage as Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa presents, "The Kitchen Witches." The recipe for this play? Take a spoonful of fun, whisk in plenty of witty dialog, sprinkle in some food chatter, and you will be spellbound for 90 minutes. Written by Caroline Smith, “The Kitchen Witches” combines humor, friendship, the love of food and witches for a spell that will leave you hungry for more.
Set in a cozy kitchen, the story revolves around two rival cooking show hosts, Isobel and Dolly, who are forced to team up for a new program. What ensues is a hilarious clash of personalities as they juggle the pressures of television production while also dealing with their past grievances. The comedic timing of the actors is impeccable, delivering punchlines that has the audience in stitches.
Director Sarah Mosby has masterfully assembled the ideal four-person cast for Kitchen Witches. Christine McCoy shines as Dolly Biddle, the spirited cooking host who effortlessly radiates infectious energy. Jo Darlene Reardon flawlessly portrays Isobel Lomax, bringing sophistication and professionalism to the character. The dynamic between Dolly and Isobel is a captivating blend of rivalry and camaraderie, further highlighting the talent and chemistry of the actors.
Walter Ruskin delivers an over-the-top performance as Steven Biddle, adding a delightful touch of flamboyance to the play. Additionally, Jame Voss impresses as Rob the Cameraman, skillfully maximizing his character's potential and leaving a lasting impact.
Set in the early 2010s, in a charming small town just outside Ottawa, Ontario, the Crossroads Community Center's multi-purpose studio serves as the setting for Kitchen Witches. The set design is a visual feast that immerses the audience in a believable and inviting kitchen environment. Every detail has been meticulously crafted to create an authentic backdrop for the culinary adventures and heartfelt moments that unfold on stage. The set design adds an extra layer of charm and authenticity to the play, enhancing the overall experience for the audience.
Overall, Kitchen Witches is a delectable treat that leaves you with a satisfied appetite and a smile on your face. Bon appétit!
The Kitchen Witches
Through July 30th