One of America’s longest-lived stage comedies Arsenic and Old Lace brings good old-fashioned fun to theWalnut Street Theatre, through April 27.
A classic farce, the story centers around two elderly church-going sisters who are well known for charitable activities. They’re beloved by townsfolk and even local police officers who are all clueless to the fact that one of the ladies’ lesser-known acts of kindness involves serving sad lonely men elderberry wine laced with poison.
The sisters believe they’re committing acts of mercy by helping the men find everlasting peace, however, a visiting nephew who discovers their crimes thinks otherwise.
The plot is further convoluted by a secret wedding, a nephew that thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and the arrival of yet another nephew who, like his aunts, shares a penchant for murder; only his dastardly deeds are more cold-hearted than the old ladies’.
Deceit and misdirection run rampant in this zany comedy that’s kept audiences in stitches since the ’40s.
The play is an oldie but goodie that never fails to bring the Walnut Street house down with its madcap murder and mayhem.
Tickets start at just $10 are available online.
Arsenic and Old Lace
When: Through April 27
Where: 825 Walnut Street
More info: www.walnutstreettheatre.org