Caroline Smith’s award-winning farce The Kitchen Witches promises to have audiences howling, as it

closes Players Workshop’s first full season since the Covid pandemic began.

The Kitchen Witches introduces the audience to Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle, two “mature” cable-

access cooking show hostesses, who have hated each other for 30 years. When circumstances put them together

on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, “the insults are flung harder than the food!” Although the long-

suffering producer tries desperately to keep them on track, as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer

to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle, and their show becomes a ratings smash as Dolly and Isobel top both

Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer!

Two well known-PW veterans return to the stage, as Christa Parry plays Dolly Biddle and Jayne Gobble

plays Isobel Lomax. Scott Teater plays producer Stephen, and Brayden Bowers is Rob, the Camera Guy.

In an interesting side note, although changes to a play script are usually not allowed without expressed

permission, this particular author and publisher not only allow for changes, but, in fact, encourage them, so the

“show” is set in the “Burlington” Community Center, the PW audience plays the studio audience, and the

audience members should not be surprised to hear a few other familiar names during the course of the play.

The Kitchen Witches is directed by Ron Teater, assisted by Mary Krohlow, and is produced by Bill

Ell. It will run April 22-24 and April 28-May 1, 2022, at the Workshop, 1431 Grove St.; performances begin

at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of 2:00 matinees on April 24 and May 1.

The Kitchen Witches is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel

French, Inc.

The Players Workshop Board has amended its COVID-19 Policy to conform to the most recent guidance

from the CDC. Patrons who have been vaccinated and have received a booster shot will not be required to wear

maskx. Unvaccinated patrons are asked to continue to wear masks, as there will no longer be socially distanced

seating in the auditorium.

For more information. call 319-753-6623, go to the Players Workshop Facebook page, or visit the PW

website at Players Workshop is a 501(c)3 organization

Show times:

Evening shows start at 7:30 PM.

Sunday matinee shows start at 2:00 PM.

Box office opens 90 minutes before showtime. Auditorium opens 30 minutes before showtime.