Arsenic and Old Lace,” by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Wyatt Ewell, is coming to the stage this month at Attic Productions April 4, 5, and 6. In this classic dark comedy, Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life. He has a steady job at a prominent New York newspaper, has just become engaged, and has come to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement.

Gary Reid as Dr. Einstein, skilled at giving Johnathan Brewster (played by Anthony Neal, seated right), a new face when his criminal past threatens to catch up with him. In center, Kevan Kavanaugh as Mortimer Brewster, and Grace Abele as Elaine Harper, his fiancee, listen.

Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene– his brother believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather used to scalp Native Americans 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 (who now resembles Boris Karloff), returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the latest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancée, all while trying to keep his own sanity.

The play is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., with partial funding by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Evening performances start at 7:30 each day, Saturday matinees start at 2:30. All adult tickets are $15, with a reduced rate for those 18 years and under and for groups of 10 or more at $12. Call the Attic Productions box office (473-1001) for reservations. Volunteers are staffing the office on Monday and Wednesday, 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; leave a message at other times.

Attic Productions is located at 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle.

The cast for “Arsenic and Old Lace” is:

Abby Brewster – Sally Miller

The Rev. Dr. Harper – Greg Spickard

Teddy Brewster – Pete Farnham

Officer Brophy – David Boyer

Officer Klein – Paul Mullins

Martha Brewster – Kathy Boyer

Elaine Harper – Grace Abele

Mortimer Brewster – Kevan Kavanaugh

Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Witherspoon – Steve Aaron

Jonathan Brewster – Anthony Neal

Dr. Einstein – Gary Reid

Officer O’Hara – Jeff Shelton

Lieutenant Rooney – Gene Marrano

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