Project Description

Arsenic and Old Lace at Chemainus Theatre Festival. April 8 to June 4, 2005

This 1940s madcap comedy is about an eccentric Brooklyn family with some rather unusual hobbies! Mortimer discovers that his two sweet aunties are ‘helping’ lonely gentlemen find a better life …and he is shocked to find that their methods are rather extreme! One of his brothers thinks that he is Teddy Roosevelt, and mayhem breaks loose when his long lost brother Jonathan, who looks like Boris Karloff, shows up with Dr. Einstein. Arsenic and Old Lace has been produced thousands of times in many different languages. Frank Capra’s film adaptation starring Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Josephine Hull, and Raymond Massey is also one of the great unforgettable family classics!