Arsenic and Old Lace

Rocky River High School

November 18 - 19, 2005

Director: Jennifer Garver

Abby Brewster: Michelle Olszewski
Rev. Dr. Harper/Mr. Gibbs: Joseph Dunn
Teddy Brewster: Brendan Monte
Officer Brophy: Michael Budinger
Officer Klein: Annie Clemons
Martha Brewster: Grace Czerniawski
Elaine Harper: Kaylee Turner
Mortimer Brewster: Devin Ruic
Jonathan Brewseter: Eric Fancher
Dr. Einstein: David Gipson
Mr. Hoskins: Meggie McGuire
Mr. Spenalzo: Heather Culp
Officer O'Hara: Brad Bernard
Lieutenant Rooney: Jackson Soat
Mr. Witherspoon: Sean Flanagan


Show description: The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around Mortimer Brewster, 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 Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims); 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.

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