August 2015 - Let Us Entertain You - Arsenic & Old Lace


Albuquerque Little Theatre will open their 86th season with the laugh-a-minute, screwball comedy Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. The show 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 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, a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home, and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff. Classic farce at its best!

Though the play has virtually been a staple of live theatre since 1941, more people may be familiar with the popular 1944 film version starring Cary Grant, Josephine Hull and Peter Lorre. There are only a few differences between the movie and the play.

ALT’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace is directed by Henry Avery. The cast includes Robert Baca, Colin Borden, Ryan Jason Cook, Dehron Foster, Nick Ganjei, Jeremy Joynt, Thane Kenny, David Nava, Tim Riley, Paula Stein, Steven Suttle and Carolyn Ward.

Arsenic and Old Lace runs August 28 - September 13 at Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale SW Albuquerque, NM. Curtain times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm. There is a special Thursday performance at 7:30pm on Sept. 10. Tickets are $22 for general public, $20 for seniors, $18 for students and $12 for children.

Visit www.albuquerquelittletheater.org to purchase tickets.

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