If you think you have a dysfunctional family with skeletons in the closet, you haven’t met the Brewsters. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” the classic comedy-mystery, takes odd relatives to the max, and there are literally skeletons in the basement. The Licklog Players production opens Oct. 28 and runs the 29-30 and Nov. 4-6.
The story follows poor Mortimer Brewster who comes to see his aunts to tell them about his coming wedding. When he discovers what his aunts’ charitable activities are, he realizes his own happiness might never happen. The aunts “help” lonely men by giving them their homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and a pinch of cyanide.
Their brother believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and buries them in locks he digs for the Panama Canal in the cellar. Add a really evil long-lost brother who returns after plastic surgery making him look like Boris Karloff as Frankenstein and you have a plot that will keep you laughing and guessing.
The play opened on Broadway in 1941 when people wanted escape entertainment to take their minds off the impending war in Europe. This play did the job and ran for 1,444 performances. It was then made into a movie starring Cary Grant in 1944.
The play is directed by Roberta Rankin. Tickets go on sale Oct. 17. Call (828)389-8632 .