Arsenic and Old Lace


The play is a farcical black comedy revolving 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.

Performance:  Friday, November 6th and Saturday November 7th at 7pm. at Oldcastle Theater at 331 Main Street in beautiful downtown Bennington.  Tickets will $10 and can be bought in advance or at the door.  Proceeds will benefit the Bennington Free Library!

Family friendly.

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