Reitz Theater Players Bring Laughs and Arsenic With Dark Comedy Classic
Just in time for Halloween, the Reitz Theater Players bring a touch of creepiness and lots of laughs with the dark comedy classic Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring. This theater and movie classic comes to the Reitz Theater stage October 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, and 27th at 8PM and Sunday, October 21st at 2PM.
The story revolves around Mortimer Brewster (played by Chris Tarcson), a drama critic who must deal with his crazy family and the local police as he debates whether to go through with his promise to marry his love Elaine (Melanie Faith Frank). His two spinster aunts (Gayle Gearhart and Gwen Crandell) have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine.
While facing that dilemma, he also deals with a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt (Todd Shindledecker) and a murderous brother Jonathan (Dave Martin) who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein (Ian Grieve), to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.
Others actors in the ensemble include Rob Miller, Chris Martin, Beecher Klingensmith, R. Lee Chappel, Reg Hoover, Jonathan Heid, and Father Ed Walk.
Director Dave Martin says he couldn’t be happier with the experience. “The cast has been so committed and we have such a good time playing these parts,” says Martin. “During rehearsal, there have been many moments when the cast just breaks down with laughter because of the ridiculousness of these wonderful characters.”
A special opening night event will be held during the October 19th show, as Laurel Mountain Winery will host a wine tasting one hour before the 8PM show.
Sponsored by Apple Tractor, tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and $5 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased at Kohlhepps True Value, S&T Bank on Liberty Boulevard, Rosie’s Book Shop, Catherine’s Cache, Stew’s Brew Coffee House, or Jim Stellabuto’s Everything Under Foot. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Reitz Theater Box Office at 375-4274, or visiting www.reitztheater.com.