Magnolia Arts Center

Educating, Enriching and Entertaining our Community


Thursday   1/20/2022  730pm
Friday        1/21/2022  730pm
Saturday    1/22/2022  230pm
Saturday    1/22/2022  730pm
Sunday      1/23/2022  230pm
Thursday   1/27/2022  730pm
Friday        1/28/2022  730pm
Saturday    1/29/2022  230pm
Saturday    1/29/2022  730pm

Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939.

The play is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower settlers but now composed of maniacs, most of them homicidal. The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, murderous 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, Elaine Harper, who lives next door and is the daughter of the local minister.

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; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

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Ticket Prices:

$20 General Admission 

$15 for Students and Seniors