Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Play in Three Acts

Book - 1969
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Mortimer Brewster is appalled when he learns that his charming little old aunts have been poisoning their elderly gentlemen boarders in what they believe is an act of kindness, and burying them in the cellar with the help of another nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt.
Publisher: New York : Dramatists Play Service, c1969.
ISBN: 9780822200659
Branch Call Number: PS3521.E775 A8 1969
812.5 KEL
Characteristics: 96 p. ; 20 cm.


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When Joseph Kesselring composed this classic dark comedy about sweet old aunts who poison elderly gentlemen as a charity, a man who is convinced that he's Teddy Roosevelt, a homicidal Boris Karloff look-alike, a German alcoholic plastic surgeon, a playwright/policeman who is terrible at both vocations, several well-meaning but oblivious characters around them, and a horrified protagonist trying desperately and hilariously to keep everyone else safe without making a scandal, he created something that is timeless, well-plotted, and wildly funny.

Of course, I might be kind of biased, since my theater group performed the play two years ago (I was Dr. Einstein). Am I praising it too highly? Read it and find out! (Or, if you don't like reading scripts, you could always watch the movie version with Cary Grant. It's also very good.)


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