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‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ a classic madcap comedy

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 4:55 p.m. CDT
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Mike Mattingly (Mortimer) and Daniel Augsburger (Einstein) in rehearsal for Stage Coach Players' production of "Arsenic and Old Lace."

DeKALB – Stage Coach Players presents "Arsenic and Old Lace," opening Aug. 14 and running through Aug. 24. The show is based on the play by Joseph Kesselring, which was turned into a classic 1944 movie starring Cary Grant.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is one of the American theater's funniest comedies. The farcical play revolves around drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Mike Mattingly), who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry Elaine Harper (Amy Whelan), the woman he loves.

When Mortimer drops in on his two spinster aunts Abby (D’Ann Hamilton) and Martha (Andee Larson), he discovers a corpse in the window seat and finds to his horror, that his aunts – known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity – have taken to poisoning lonely – and presumed suffering – old men with a glass of homemade wine laced with poison. Their victims are buried in the home's cellar by Mortimer's brother, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt digging locks for the Panama Canal.

To make matters worse, Mortimer's other brother, the criminally insane Jonathon (David Booth), turns up with his alcoholic plastic surgeon accomplice, Dr. Einstein.

The cast also includes Robert Anthenat, Daniel Augsburger, Dalton Bates, Richard Christensen, Nyoka Polyak, Norm Read, Aaron Schryver, Nick Slicer, Michael Steffen, and Brett Truckenbrod, and is directed by Scott Montavon.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14-16 and 21-23 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at Stage Coach Theater, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb. For more information, visit www.stagecoachers.com. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children and are available online, or by phone at the box office at 815-758-1940.

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