The classic play "Arsenic and Old Lace" opens Friday at the Arts Center of Cannon County". The production will continue at the Woodbury theatre on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon matinees at 2:00. It continues this Friday through June 16th.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" tells the hilarious story of spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster, (Faye Northcutt-Knox and Becky Coutras) two sweet old ladies who murder lonely old men by offering them elderberry wine laced with arsenic. The sisters' crazy but harmless nephew Teddy (Bill White) believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and is in the habit of charging up the staircase as if it wereSan Juan Hill. Teddy digs graves in the Brewster cellar, burying the sisters' victims whom he believes are yellow fever casualties working on thePanama Canal. Complications set in when their nephew Mortimer (Justin Winton) learns of the sisters' activities; and matters get more farcical when another Brewster nephew, Jonathan, (Joe Bosnak) a criminal on the lam, along with the strange Dr. Einstein, (Ted Verbeten) arrive with the body of their latest victim.
Directed by Matt Smith and produced by Mary Ellen Smith, Arsenic & Old Lace also features Phil Mote, Rachel Parker, Lynn England, Wesley Rutledge, Matt Hunter, and Jonathan Higdon.
And the Blue Porch Restaurant at the theatre will offer meals before each production. The theatre is at 1424 John Bragg Highway in neighboring Woodbury. For more information, phone 615-563-ARTS (2787).