by Joseph Kesselring
Directed by Kim Shaw
Arsenic and Old Lace is a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre, centering on two elderly sisters whose charitable works include poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. Brother Teddy who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt buries the ‘yellow fever’ victims in the Panama Canal, conveniently located in the cellar.
Nephew Jonathan, recently escaped from the prison for the criminally insane, arrives with his alcoholic facelift surgeon in tow, looking for an operating room and a place to dispose of a body.
Nephew Mortimer is very busy getting engaged, signing commitment papers, discovering bodies, and reviewing plays. Police officers are in and out, funeral arrangements get complicated, the cellar is getting overcrowded, and elderberry wine continues to flow.
You will laugh out loud at this side splitting comedy.
Arsenic and Old Lace runs from March 27th to April 12th, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm, with a matinee on Sunday, April 6th at 2pm.