The Calamari Sisters, a live-action spoof of a public access television show taping of a cooking show hosted by best friend/worst enemy sisters, Carmela & Delphine Calamari, will once again take center stage at Auburn Public Theater on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. The original title in a series of seven different but similar shows, “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters” is the brainchild of co-creators Jay Falzone, Stephen Smith and Dan Lavender. The idea for creating the show was inspired by a cocktail-party-gone-awry at which all three of the show’s creators were present; and the same exact energy that infuses just such a cocktail party lives on in all seven of the Calamari Sisters titles.

While this is the eighth time Auburn Public Theater has hosted the Calamari Sisters, no two shows (or productions) are ever the same. This is due in large part to the fact that several times during the course of each show, the performers ask for volunteers from the audience to help them cook. And by volunteers, they remind each and every audience, they mean those people who look like they would resist coming up on stage. ┬áIt’s pretty easy to imagine what fun it is to watch such “volunteers” from the audience help make the dishes being prepared on stage by the sisters.