ATC: Arsenic and Old Lace (23-27 Oct 2012)

Quotes about other productions of this play: 
“A delightful comic concoction.” The Guardian
“Good macabre fun. The lines are bright. The story is mad.” The New York Times
“You wouldn’t believe that homicidal mania could be such great fun.” The Sun
In 1941, New Yorkers were looking for some entertainment to take their minds off of the war in Europe and the growing fear that America would be pulled into it. Broadway gave them exactly what they were looking for: Arsenic and Old Lace. The play became an immediate critical and popular success, running for over 1,000 performances. It also became a hit in England in 1942 as theatergoers who were suffering through post-blitz London lined up for tickets. In 1944, Hollywood produced a film version starring Cary Grant that became a huge box office success.
Mortimer is about to propose to his sweetheart when he discovers that his two dear but eccentric aunts poison lonely old bachelors with their elderberry wine and have a number of corpses buried in the cellar. And it gets worse. Throw in one brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, another who is a psychopathic killer, plus a slightly intoxicated plastic surgeon, and you’ll be laughing the entire way through.
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This play is presented by special arrangement with ALMO Auteursbureau Antwerp