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Bell Book And Candle Only Intermittently Casts A Spell

Melissa MacLeod Herion as witch Gillian Holroyd comforts her familiar Pyewacket played by Wee Thomas   (Photo by George Wentzler)

Melissa MacLeod Herion as witch Gillian Holroyd comforts her familiar Pyewacket played by Wee Thomas (Photo by George Wentzler)

By Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheaterOnStage.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 29, 2015 – Imagine you could have anything or anyone you wanted with virtually no effort; the prize might not feel quite as satisfying. Bell, Book and Candle postulates that magically being able to have what you want through magic doesn’t feel very magical once you get it.

Broward Stage Door’s quite serviceable but not bewitching production of this 1951 fantasy love story doesn’t feel especially magical in the first act, but it locates the right bag of pixie dust in the second act to show why director Michael Leeds wanted to do the play.

The premise is that witches and warlocks live incognito among normal mortals in sophisticated Eisenhower Era New York City. Other than their ability to make phones ring in the middle of the night, summon mortals to their door, turn off lights with a finger snap and other modest talents, they look and sound exactly like your next door neighbor if you happened to live in one of those cozy NeverNeverland Manhattan enclaves.

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