‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Caesar Rodney High School

From left, David Ransdell as Mr. Gibbs, Mason Taylor as Mortimer Brewster and aunts Martha and Abby Brewster, played by Alexis Burris and Alexis Waddy. (Caesar Rodney School District/Dave Chambers)

The Caesar Rodney High School Stage Crew & Thespians continue their performance of “Arsenic and Old Lace” Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a play written by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the subsequent film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra. The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs.

The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, New York, 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.

For more information and tickets, visit www.crscat.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

From left, Ryan Adkins, center, plays Mortimer’s brother Teddy Brewster with Justin Thompson, left, as Officer Klein and Aaron DeJesus as Lt. Rooney.

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