Firehall Theatre is delighted to invite audiences on a comedic journey through one of the most hilarious and enduring plays of the American theatre: "Arsenic and Old Lace." This classic dark comedy, performed by our talented troupe of local actors, guarantees an evening of laughter, suspense, and a generous dash of insanity.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" unveils the comical chaos that ensues in the Brewster household, a reputed family with some rather peculiar members. When Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who despises the institution of marriage, gets engaged, he decides to visit his sweet, elderly aunts to share the good news. Little does he know, he's about to uncover a scandalous family secret that throws him into a whirlwind of confusion and comedic insanity.
Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha, beloved for their charm and philanthropy, have developed an unusual hobby — euthanizing lonely old men by serving them homemade elderberry wine laced with a mix of arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide. Mortimer's efforts to manage this explosive situation while keeping his sanity intact form the backbone of this hysterically funny plot.
Directed by the accomplished John Doe, Firehall Theatre's rendition of "Arsenic and Old Lace" playfully brings to life the sinister charm of this classic comedy. Set within our intimate theatre space, our production crafts an engaging atmosphere that perfectly captures the paradoxically heartwarming yet chilling tale.
In our hands, "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a delightfully entertaining exploration of the fine line between sanity and madness. With our eccentric, endearing characters and rapid-fire, witty dialogue, audiences will find themselves torn between shock, amusement, and outright laughter. Get ready to dive headlong into the bizarre world of the Brewsters, where murder takes on a hilariously macabre twist!
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