Jen Ackerman directs the classic farcical black comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace, to be presented by Central Park Players at the Grand Haven Community Center for five performances, mid-March.
Revolving around the Brewster family, the action revolves around hero, Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, 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; 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 and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.
The cast consists of Diane Van Wesep as Abby Brewster, Diane Reeths as Martha Brewster and Brian Cleveland as Mortimer Brewster. Also featured, Angela Grey, Joshua Wolffis, Mike Hassett, Ray Ziemelis, Robert Anderson, Daniel Butts, Daniel Kitchka, Ron Mass, Luke Lewis and Paul Reeths.
Performances are March 16-17 at 7:30, March 18 at 2 PM, and March 23-24 at 7:30. Call 616-843-3906 for more info or go to www.centralparkplayers.org.