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‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ takes the stage at Town Theatre

Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiance – all while trying to keep his sanity – in “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Town Theatre.
Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiance – all while trying to keep his sanity – in “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Town Theatre. Courtesy of Town Theatre

Mortimer Brewster is a happy man. He holds a steady job and is recently engaged. He is excited to share the news of his upcoming nuptials with his sweet spinster aunts. But upon learning that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years, his world goes topsy-turvy.

When Mortimer’s brother Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury their newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiance, all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

An uproarious farce, “Arsenic and Old Lace” presented by Town Theatre, is a play that gives the word “hospitality” a bad name. The show is directed by Allison McNeely and runs Jan. 4-20.

Chip Collins plays Mortimer who seemingly has it made until he learns the truth about his aunts, Abby and Martha. Veteran actresses Kathy Hartzog and Leah McNeely Tudor take on the roles of the sweet little old ladies who love to entertain.

Adding additional mayhem is brother Teddy (Corey Langley), brother Jonathan (Michael Sugar), and Dr. Einstein (Bill DeWitt). Sarah Strobolakos plays Mortimer’s love interest, Elaine, with Steve Reeves seeking law and order as Officer O’Hara. Gayle Stewart, Scott Stepp and Willam Refo work alongside Town newcomers Tony D’Elia, Matthew Woodle and John Underwood to complete the cast.

If you go

“Arsenic and Old Lace”

When: Jan. 4-20. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays.

Where: Town Theatre, 1012 Sumter St.

Details: www.towntheatre.com, 803-799-2510

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