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EAC’s Drama Department to present Arsenic and Old Lace

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EAC’s Drama Department to present Arsenic and Old Lace

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—EAC’s Drama Department will open its Fall 2007 semester with the hilarious dark comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring. The play is scheduled to run October 3–6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center–Lee Little Theatre. Admission is $3 per person and the show is fun for the whole family!

The elderly Brewster sisters are the kindest and most generous ladies in Brooklyn, so it comes as quite a shock to their nephew Mortimer to learn that they are experienced murderers, poisoning lonely old men with arsenic-laced wine.

They have nearly a dozen bodies buried in the cellar, but the sisters don’t see anything wrong with their actions, though the absurdity of it all bewilders Mortimer and sends him into a panicked frenzy. The peculiar habits of Mortimer’s brother, Teddy (who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt), and the sudden arrival of their criminal brother, Jonathan, don’t help matters. And, of course, there is always a corpse or two hidden somewhere around the stage.

Death and insanity may be very serious subjects, but Arsenic and Old Lace is successful at making it a farce. There’s never a dull moment and by the end you’re convinced that everyone is at least a little insane.

“And you thought your life was crazy!?!...This is a very funny piece of work with unusual characters and a great story,” says Jeff Stiles, director of the play. “We have an excellent cast that is ready to take the audience on a hilarious ride through the lives of these two crazy sisters.”

Tickets for Arsenic and Old Lace are on sale at the EAC Ticket Office at 428-8228 and will also be available at the door.