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'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar

Briana Sanchez / Tribune Cherry Olsen, as Isobel Lomax, from left, Dean Madsen, as Stephen Biddle, and Laurel Iverson, as Dolly Biddle, rehearse a scene Monday night from "Kitchen Witches." Directed by Ben Watson, the play opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in Willmar.1 / 7
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Laurel Iverson, left, is Dolly Biddle, and Carla Johnson is Robin in "Kitchen Witches" at The Barn Theatre in Willmar.2 / 7
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Laurel Iverson, left, as Dolly Biddle, and Cherry Olsen, as Isobel Lomax rehearse a scene for "Kitchen Witches."3 / 7
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Cherry Olsen, left, as Isobel Lomax, and Laurel Iverson, as Dolly Biddle, rehearse a scene Monday night from "Kitchen Witches" directed by Ben Watson. The comedy production opens tonight At The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar.4 / 7
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Laurel Iverson, left, as Dolly Biddle, and Cherry Olsen, as Isobel Lomax, chase each other around the kitchen table in a scene from "Kitchen Witches" at The Barn Theatre.5 / 7
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Dean Madsen, from left, is Stephen Biddle, Cherry Olsen is Isobel Lomax and Laurel Iverson is Dolly Biddle in "Kitchen Witches."6 / 7
Briana Sanchez / Tribune Dean Madsen, as Stephen Biddle, rehearses a scene Monday night from "Kitchen Witches" at The Barn Theatre.7 / 7

WILLMAR — "Kitchen Witches" opens tonight at The Barn Theatre in downtown Willmar. The production is set for 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, and April 27-29, and at 2 p.m. Sunday and April 30.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger and are available by calling 320-235-9500, or online at www.thebarntheatre.com.

"Kitchen Witches" was written by Canadian Caroline Smith and was the winner of the 2005 Samuel French Best Canadian Play Award.

Isobel Lomax, played by Cherry Olsen, and Dolly Biddle played by Laurel Iverson, 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, played by Dean Madsen, 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.

Carla Johnson plays the cameraman, carrying the portable camera around during the "live broadcasts" and despite her "goth" appearance, is generally extremely efficient and precise.

The show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.

The show is directed by Ben Watson, in his directing debut.

The set was built by Christopher Jon McAnich

Bri Dyson is the stage manager and Nate Lundtrom is the stage crew.

Costumes are by Mary B. Gruis and Megan Morrison and makeup by Sonja Madsen.

Props are by Viv Watson and Kayla Watson.

Ryland Gralish is in charge of lights and sound.

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