WHAT: City Theatre of Independence presents “The Kitchen Witches” by Caroline Smith (2003), directed by Michael Masterson and produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and June 8-9. Dinner theater is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Sermon Center Powerhouse Theatre, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15 for adults. Dinner theater tickets (advance) are $30. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 816-325-7367.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: 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. Isobel makes a surprise appearance on the last episode of Dolly's show “Baking with Babcha,” and audiences love the spontaneous tongue lashings that follow. An inspired executive puts them together on a new TV show called “The Kitchen Witches,” and 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 one woman's dressing room is one inch closer to the set than the other's, it's a losing battle, and family secrets get revealed as the the show becomes a ratings smash and Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.

Creators of “The Kitchen Witches” encourage productions of the show to use local business names, locations and sponsors at the appropriate spots in the script.

(from samuelfrench.com)


Character: Actor

Donny Biddle: Janet Shelman

Stephen Biddle: Mike Morris

Isobel Lomax: Mary Masterson

Robyn, the camera gal: Sarah Felton