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Arsenic and Old LaceArsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesselring

Woodlands Auditorium
Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, 2018, 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2:00 PM
Open Seating - $45 for a 2018 Season Ticket (all three productions)
$20 at the door or through Event Info & Tickets at the HSVPOA.org website

This play is a comedy that revolves around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of Yellow Fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (a character based on real-life gangland surgeon Joseph Moran) to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (a self-referential joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff).

Produced by special arrangment with Samuel French, Inc, NY, NY.