Our 91st Season: Arsenic and Old Lace

Our 91st season membership drive is currently underway!  Next season is packed with five fantastic shows that will provide our community with music, laughs, and drama.  We hope that you will be a part of the excitement by becoming a member of our theater.  This week, we are showcasing the productions that will be hitting the mainstage for our 2022-2023 season.  Up next, we have Arsenic and Old Lace in March.

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement. Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene — his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Indians for pleasure — but his world is turned upside down when he realizes that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity. as well. An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace has become a favorite amongst regional theatres throughout America.

Arsenic and Old Lace has become an established American classic since it debuted on Broadway in 1941.  The opening production starred Allyn Joslyn, Jean Adair, Josephine Hull, and Boris Karloff.  Cary Grant led the feature film version that was released in 1944.  A Broadway revival that opened in 1986 starred popular actors Polly Holliday, Jean Stapleton, Tony Roberts and Abe Vigoda.

Arsenic and Old Lace will be our final play of the season and runs March 2-5 and 10-11.  This classic play has been a frequent request, and we are excited to bring it to a stage near you. Support your local arts community by joining us as a member of Strauss Theatre Center.  You can save up to $50 with our Early Bird sale if you purchase a membership before July 1st.  Benefactors and Patrons exclusively get to enjoy the opening night production, which includes delicious food during intermission.

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