Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

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About The Show

The play 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, homicidal 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 by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of Yellow Fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff (an in-joke, as the part was originally played on Broadway by Karloff).

 

Cast of Characters

MARTHA BREWSTER - an elderly lady
ABBY BREWSTER - her elderly sister
TEDDY BREWSTER - their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt
MORTIMER BREWSTER - their nephew
ELAINE HARPER - his fiance
REV. DR. HARPER - her father
OFFICER KLEIN
OFFICER O'HARA - a raconteur
OFFICER BROPHY
LIEUTENANT ROONEY
JONATHAN BREWSTER - Mortimer's murderous brother
DR. EINSTEIN - his accomplice
MR. GIBBS

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