NC Play “The Kitchen Witches” Stirs Up A Hilarious Brew

Source: The Barn Dinner Theatre
Source: The Barn Dinner Theatre

By Nate Alston,

Kicking off The Barn Dinner Theatre’s 53rd season is the outrageously funny comedy, The Kitchen Witches. Written by Canadian playwright, Caroline Smith and directed by resident director, Matthew C. Bradshaw, The Kitchen Witches is sure to have you in stitches…and that is well before the end of Act 1!

Isobel and Dolly are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for over 30 years. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food. It’s a losing battle on set, but the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.

“I haven’t laughed this hard in while”, says Producer, Ric Gutierrez. “This show is definitely an awesome start to our exciting 53rd season”.

The Kitchen Witches summons forth Barn Dinner favorites, Susan L. Jones (as Dolly Biddle) of Greensboro and Andy Schlosberg (as Stephen Biddle) of Winston Salem.  Newcomers, April J’Callahan Marshall (as Isobel Lomax) and Avery Wentz-Moore (as Rob) complete this amazing cast. The production crew includes Ric Gutierrez (Producer), Matthew C. Bradshaw (Director, Technical Director), and Shabaza Vaird (Stage Manager).

Want to see The Kitchen Witches? Show run begins February 3, 2017, and are available on multiple dates through February 26, 2017. Most nights, seating begins at 6pm, though two earlier (1pm) performances are scheduled.  Tickets range from $43-$53 for adults and include dinner and show. Tickets are less for children 12 and under. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Box Office: 3 ways to make Reservations!

  • By Phone 336.292.2211
  • In Person 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro, NC 27409 — Box Office hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Fridays 9am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-7pm, Sundays 10am-2pm.
The Kitchen Witches play poster.
The Kitchen Witches play poster.

The Barn Dinner Theatre is located at 120 Stage Coach Trail, Greensboro NC. The experience they offer includes a delicious Southern style all-you-can-eat buffet with a chef assisted carving station and dessert bar; their magical stage descends from the ceiling transforming the restaurant into a theatre in-the-round.

Conceived in 1964 by the late Howard Wolfe and Connelly Jones, The Barn Dinner Theatre (Greensboro, NC) and the “dinner theatre” concept, as we have come to know it today, was born. The Greensboro location was the first of a chain of 26 other dinner theatres (with the same name) in the late 1960s. The chain of Barns were union houses back then, under the Actors’ Equity Association, and employed some of the finest Equity Actors from New York including, 2 time Oscar winner, Robert De Niro. It is rumored that Mr. De Niro was fired 3 weeks into his contract because of a “conflict of interest” between him and the director.

Over the years, the franchise removed itself from the AEA union and fell apart and the theatres were individually sold. All except the 2 locations in Nashville TN and Greensboro NC. In 1997, the Greensboro location changed ownership and is still going strong today, providing year-round “Dinnertainment” to thousands of guests traveling from miles around.

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