The Community Players Theatre will be kicking off their fall season with Joseph Kesslring’s classic dark comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
The show runs September 6-8 and 12-15. Tickets are $12 for students.
The play centers on the comic misadventures of Mortimer Brewster, a theatre critic who must put up with his exceedingly unusual and murderous family.
The play contains plenty of wacky characters, including two old ladies who poison lonely bachelors, and a murderer who resembles Boris Karloff in his Frankenstein monster makeup thanks to a horribly botched plastic surgery job.
Despite the lunacy of the tale, some elements of the play may be rooted in fact. The case of Amy Archer-Gilligan, a nursing home proprietor who poisoned up to 50 of her residents, is often cited as one of the inspirations for the play.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” was the most successful of Kesslring’s plays. The New York Times opening night review called the play “so funny that none of us will ever forget it.”
The play was adapted for the screen by Frank Capra in 1944. The filmed starred the illustrious Cary Grant and remains popular to this day.
For tickets and information, visit the Community Players website at communityplayers.org