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Forest Moon Theater will stage Arsenic and Old Lace Sept. 23-25 in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

Forest Moon Theater Can’t Bring Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace Back to Life

Forest Moon Theater, Wake Forest’s first and only community theater, opened its fourth season this weekend with Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedy by American playwright Joseph O. Kesselring. Written in 1939, the play made its Broadway debut in 1941 and ran for 1,444 performances, closing in 1944. The original Broadway cast included Boris… Read More ›

The Towne Players of Garner’s Rendition of “Arsenic and Old Lace” Is an Uproarious Black Comedy

Madness doesn’t just run through the Brewster family of Brooklyn, NY; it gallops! Matriarchs Abby and Martha Brewster (played by Francis Stanley and Kelly Stansell in the Towne Players of Garner’s robust community-theater production of “Arsenic and Old Lace”) are a pair of sweet little old ladies and pillars of the church, well known for their countless acts of charity for the less fortunate. Indeed, they so deeply empathize with lonely old men, bereft of friends and family, living lives of quiet desperation, that they open their home to them, supplying with bed and board at a bargain price. Then to end their lodgers’ suffering, the sisters serve them a glass of their own delicious home-made elderberry wine before meals, with just a dash of arsenic!

Joseph O. Kesselring’s Classic 1941 Black Comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Is Still Devilishly Funny

The final play of the Towne Players of Garner’s 2012 season will be New York City playwright and screenwriter Joseph O. Kesselring’s classic black comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” This community-theater production will run Oct. 12, 13, and 18-20 at the Garner Performing Arts Center (formerly Garner Historic Auditorium). ” Arsenic and Old Lace” focuses on the oddball Brewster family of Brooklyn, NY, which has a whole raft of skeletons in their closets.