Arsenic and Old Lace
Show dates: Jan 30 – Feb 8
Note Show Times: Fridays @ 7:30 pm and Saturdays & Sundays @ 2:00 pm
Announcing the cast list:
Martha Brewster: Davien Gould
Abby Brewster: Pat Farrell
Mortimer Brewster: Frank Hughes, Jr.
Teddy Brewster: Tom Pucci
Jonathan Brewster: Rob Minshall
Dr. Einstein: Matthew Gould
Elaine Harper: Savanna Young-Norris
Dr. Harper: Todd Sadler
Officer Klein: Lance Norris
Officer Brophy: Ryan Carey
Officer O’Hara: Alastair Huntley
Inspector Rooney: Todd Sadler
Mr. Witherspoon: Jim Adams
Mr. Gibbs: Kevin Shackett
Production Dates: January 30, 31 & February 1; February 6, 7, & 8
Lisa Jo Rudy, Director
Welcome to Arsenic and Old Lace!
Arsenic and Old Lace, a black comedy written in 1941, has been produced here at FTG more than once, and is a regular favorite of theaters across the country. Arsenic is an ensemble show that’s all about the actors: their comic timing and ability to create believable characters in unbelievable circumstances are critical to the show’s success.
Synopsis: The play centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging (because they look so happy when they die). The two women are assisted in their crimes by their nephew Teddy who believes he is (and dresses as) Teddy Roosevelt (and who frequently blasts a bugle and yells “charge” as he bounds up the stairs). Matters get complicated when a second nephew, Mortimer, a theater critic, discovers the murders just as he’s about to marry the girl next door. Things get even stranger when a third nephew, Jonathan, appears with his sidekick Dr. Einstein after having just escaped from a prison for the criminally insane.
Will Mortimer marry his lovely fiancée, Elaine, or wind up just as loony as his relatives? Will Jonathan succeed in his dastardly plot with the aid of his minion, Dr. Einstein? Will Police Officer O’Hara ever get that play produced? And… what about Teddy’s bugle? All these and many other questions are wrapped up in Act III.