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Arsenic and Old Lace

posted Oct 26, 2016, 10:27 AM by Lori Cowan-Lane   [ updated Oct 31, 2016, 11:08 AM ]
Set in the early 1940's, Arsenic and Old Lace tells the story of newspaper drama critic Mortimer Brewster, a normal, run-of-the-mill guy who is anxious to marry his fiancée, the girl-next-door and a minister's daughter, Elaine.  But standing solidly between Mortimer and matrimonial bliss is the wackiest, weirdest family tree that ever grew!  His two sweet aunts, Abby and Martha have developed murder as their favorite hobby.  Out of a twisted sense of sympathy, they regularly poison lonely old men with a mixture of arsenic and elderberry wine and then bury them in the cellar.  Cousin Teddy sports pince-nez glasses and a handlebar moustache and regularly charges up San Juan Hill!  And horrid brother Jonathan has just arrived from an asylum with a new face (ala Boris Karloff) and a sinister side-kick named Dr. Einstein.  It's "Home Sweet Homicide" as Mortimer tries to thwart the police (a kindly but goofy bunch), conceal a corpse, curtail any more killing, and convince Elaine that a wedding with a man who is drowning in such a murky gene pool would lead to anything but woe.  Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic, comic melodrama written by Joseph Kesselring.  The show runs November 3, 4, and 5.  Adult tickets are $8 each, senior and student tickets are $5 each.