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Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. It has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.



Lindsey Ferrentino Receives 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting for UGLY LIES THE BONE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting - given annually by the National Arts Club to an outstanding new playwright on the verge of national recognition - will be presented this year to Lindsey Ferrentino for her play UGLY LIES THE BONE, it has been announced by the Kesselring Prize committee. (more...)

Analisa Leaming and Nathaniel Hackmann Star in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Starting Tonight at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Pull up your boots and hold onto your hats when this all-dancing, all-singing, all-new production of the rip-roarin' musical comedy classic bursts onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage tonight, September 7, to October 1. (more...)

Ferrentino Wins $25,000 Kesselring Prize for UGLY LIES THE BONE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

The 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting - given annually by the National Arts Club to an outstanding new playwright on the verge of national recognition - will be presented this year to Lindsey Ferrentino for her play UGLY LIES THE BONE, it has been announced by the Kesselring Prize committee. (more...)

ADDAMS FAMILY & MARY POPPINS Top List of Most Performed High School Shows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Addams Family topped the list for the most-produced high school musical for the second consecutive year, and Mary Poppins made its list debut at second place, in an annual survey conducted by the Educational Theatre Association's flagship Dramatics magazine. (more...)


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Bristol Riverside Theatre Gets WORKING, November 1-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents WORKING based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book and featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked), and James Taylor running November 1-20.  Directed by Keith Baker, the ensemble cast features Demetria Joyce Bailey, Philip Chaffin, Laura Giknis, Tamar Greene, Jenny Lee Stern, and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton. (more...)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE Next Up As ACT 1's 2016-17 Season Officially Opens
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 28, 2016

ACT 1's 2016-17 season officially opens with the Daniel DeVault-directed production of Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, playing Nashville's Darkhorse Theatre October 7-22, and starring Debbie Kraski and Linda Speir as the daffy yet dastardly Brewster sisters. (more...)

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE to Open Bristol Riverside Theatre's 30th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre opens its 30th Anniversary Season with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Dean Regan on September 27-October 16. (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC Continues 2016/17 Season with OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the compelling drama, OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by R. Michael Gros, October 12-29, 2016 in the Garvin Theatre (more...)

Betty Buckley Brings STORY SONGS to Joe's Pub Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley returns to Joe's Pub at The Public with her new show, Story Songs for an exclusive seven-show engagement from tonight, September 22, to September 25. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Presents THE OTHER PLACE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season opens with Broadway's thrilling new mystery, THE OTHER PLACE. Written by Sharr White and directed by Dan Olmstead, the production begins with previews onOctober 4th, opens October 6th and continues through October 30th. (more...)

The Circuit Presents SISTERS OF SWING: THE STORY OF THE ANDREWS SISTERS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

The Andrews Sisters are coming to The Circuit Playhouse! Sisters of Swing brings to the stage the story of LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty Andrews, better known to the world as one of the first best-selling "girl groups," The Andrews Sisters. From their meteoric rise to the top to their bittersweet demise, Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters explores the fascinating lives of these American icons all set to the music of some of their biggest hits like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Opens 208th Season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre opens its landmark 208th season with Rodgers and Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning romantic musical, SOUTH PACIFIC. Directed by Charles Abbott, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, this production begins previews on September 6th, opens on September 14th and runs through October 23rd on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

The Circuit Presents SISTERS OF SWING: THE STORY OF THE ANDREWS SISTERS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

The Andrews Sisters are coming to The Circuit Playhouse! Sisters of Swing brings to the stage the story of LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty Andrews, better known to the world as one of the first best-selling "girl groups," The Andrews Sisters. From their meteoric rise to the top to their bittersweet demise, Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters explores the fascinating lives of these American icons all set to the music of some of their biggest hits like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree." (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Presents THE OTHER PLACE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season opens with Broadway's thrilling new mystery, THE OTHER PLACE. Written by Sharr White and directed by Dan Olmstead, the production begins with previews onOctober 4th, opens October 6th and continues through October 30th. (more...)

West End Comedy THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Bound for Australia
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Olivier Award-winning theatre company Mischief Theatre are bringing their comedy masterpiece The Play That Goes Wrong to Australia for the first time from February next year. (more...)

BWW Review: Georgetown Palace at the Playhouse Theatre Brings the Classic ARSENIC AND OLD LACE to the Stage
by Amy Bradley - Oct 2, 2016

Arsenic and Old Lace by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, is a classic staple for modern Theatre enthusiasts. Taking into account the context of the political humor and dark comedy, it is hard to believe this show was first brought to the stage in 1941. A New York Times review of it's opening night stated the play was, 'so funny that none of us will ever forget it.' Best known for it's film of the same decade, this adaptation stars Cary Grant and is directed by the celebrated Frank Capra. After hitting the big screen, this dark comedic farce has been brought to a much wider audience and became a local theatre favorite. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT 1's Outdated ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Jeffrey Ellis - Oct 16, 2016

Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace, a genteel and sometimes beguiling 'suspense comedy,' is a favorite among the nation's various and sundry community theater companies. And for good reason: It's slyly amusing, despite its age, and it features some genuinely engaging (if somewhat despicable, depending upon your perspective) characters who have entertained audiences for 75 years (it bowed on Broadway in 1941). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE OTHER PLACE at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season has opened with Broadway's thrilling new mystery, THE OTHER PLACE. Written by Sharr White and directed by Dan Olmstead, the production continues through October 30th. Scroll down to see photos of the production! (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC Continues 2016/17 Season with OTHER DESERT CITIES
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The Theatre Group at SBCC will continue the 16/17 season with the compelling drama, OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by R. Michael Gros, October 12-29, 2016 in the Garvin Theatre (more...)

Crestwood Theare to Present ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

The award-winning Crestwood Theatre will present 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' written by Joseph Kesselring, November 17, 18, 19 at 7 pm and November 20 at 3 pm, with a Free Senior Citizen Preview Nov 17 at 11 am at 1501 N Beech Daly, Dearborn Heights, MI. (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

The Hearth to Present New York Premiere of Beth Hyland's FOR ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

The Hearth will present the New York Premiere of Beth Hyland's FOR ANNIE, directed by Emma Miller at the Lucid Body House (230 Lexington Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets) December 9-January 15. (more...)

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS has World Premiere Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

The Group Rep presents the world premiere comedy A Nice Family Christmas written by Phil Olson, directed by Doug Engalla, produced by Alyson York. (more...)

Encores! Off-Center Staging of GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER Heads to the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced plans to record the first-ever cast album of the musical Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, based on the recent production by the New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center musical theater series.  (more...)

DTC Will Welcome First Female as 'Scrooge' in A CHRISTMAS CAROL This Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Dallas Theater Center's hit production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. (more...)

Laurel Mill Playhouse to Present HAPPY HOLLANDAISE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

All Claire Finley wants is the perfect Christmas. She's hired the celebrated gourmet chef Vilma Hasenpfeffer to prepare her famous Hasenpfeffer Hollandaise Sauce for her dinner guests, the new vicar and his very pregnant wife, Mary. Unfortunately, however, the chef is late, the guests are early and there are burglars loose in the neighborhood. To top it all off, Claire's father has been hit on the head (with the creche, no less!) and thinks he's the leading man in all of the West End theatre productions of the last 30 years! With the help of her quirky brother George, Claire tries to keep everything together as it continues to unravel in this sidesplitting British farce reminiscent of Arsenic and Old Lace. But once the mayhem dies down and the mixed-up identities unscramble, the true Christmas spirit shines bright in a surprise ending, which involves transformation, forgiveness, and a beautiful new beginning. (more...)

PlayMakers Rep to Present Regional Premiere of THE MAY QUEEN This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the regional premiere of "The May Queen" an acclaimed original comedy by Molly Smith Metzler. Directed by Vivienne Benesch, "The May Queen" is the story of Jen Nash, former high school 'May Queen' who returns to her hometown as an office temp. What happens when she meets up with her former classmates? It's a mixed-up mash-up of high school reunion meets The Office. (more...)

Photo Flash: World Premiere of DIALOGUES ON GRACE Currently at 14 Pews Through 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Join 14 Pews for its world premiere run of documentary play DIALOGUES ON GRACE by Houston playwright Cressandra Thibodeaux. (more...)

UGLY LIES THE BONE's Mamie Gummer and More to Honor Lindsey Ferrentino at Kesselring Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The beloved award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh and actress Mamie Gummer will be among those on hand to salute playwright Lindsey Ferrentino when she receives the 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South).  (more...)

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS has World Premiere Friday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

The Group Rep presents the world premiere comedy A Nice Family Christmas written by Phil Olson, directed by Doug Engalla, produced by Alyson York. (more...)

Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series Opens with Broadway's Leading Lady Betty Buckley
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Tony Award®-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts with her new show, Story Songs, October 27 - 29 in Samueli Theater. A renowned interpreter with an eclectic taste for songs from all genres, Buckley will share a collection of tunes by Radiohead as well as theater greats Stephen Schwartz and Jason Robert Brown. The evening will also include works by members of the new generation of exciting young theater composers, Joe Iconis and Ben Toth. Buckley will be joined by her long time Musical Director and arranger, jazz pianist Christian Jacob. (more...)

Meet the Cast of East Lynne Theater Company's DRACULA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

For those who didn't have the opportunity to meet the cast and crew of East Lynne Theater Company's "Dracula" at the after-show party at Pier House Restaurant on July 27, another chance is to be had on Friday, August 5 at an after-show Q&A.  (more...)

Terri Mateer to Bring A KIND SHOT to Bridge Street Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

?Whether working the court or navigating life itself, former pro basketball player Terri Mateer has taken plenty of hits - but that hasn't diminished her drive to score. "A Kind Shot", the one-woman show she's created out of her experiences, will be performed by Ms. Mateer herself July 22-24 at Bridge Street Theatre's intimate Speakeasy in Catskill. (more...)

Opening of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The hysterical old favorite Arsenic and Old Lace is opening August 12th! This delightful comedy is set to be performed August 12th  - September 17th, Monday, Fridayand Saturday nights at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Terrace Plaza Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The hysterical old favorite Arsenic and Old Lace is opening August 12th! This delightful comedy is set to be performed August 12th  - September 17th, Monday, Fridayand Saturday nights at 7:30pm. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Boston Regional Awards Update - Simon Kiser, Lee Holmes Tied!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Boston Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards Update - ZACH Theatre Leads!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards Update - Tacoma Little Theatre Winning Theatre of the Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Louisville Regional Awards Update - HAIRSPRAY Winning Best Local Musical!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Delaware Regional Awards Update - Tony Oriente, Bob Hoffer and More Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 9, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Delaware Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Steven Barkhimer and Paula Plum to Star in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? at the Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston announces cast & creative team for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Scott Edmiston, running January 13 - February 12, 2016. (more...)

Betty Buckley to Bring STORY SONGS to Joe's Pub Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will return to Joe's Pub at The Public with her new show, Story Songs for an exclusive seven-show engagement from September 22 to September 25. (more...)

SARTA Announces 2016 Elly Nominees!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

More than 410 Elly nominees for the 2015-16 season were announced at an informal nomination reception on Sunday, August 7, 2016 beginning at 7pm. More than 100 actors, directors, technicians, and producers were on hand to listen excitedly for their names to be called.  This year's theme is Some Enchanted Ellys.  (more...)

A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE to Open Bristol Riverside Theatre's 30th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre opens its 30th Anniversary Season with A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline by Dean Regan on September 27-October 16. (more...)

Betty Buckley Chats Joe's Pub Show, Playing 'Women on the Edge' and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

From Grizabella (CATS) and Norma Desmond (SUNSET BOULEVARD) to Edith Beale (GREY GARDENS) and Mama Rose (GYPSY), Tony winner Betty Buckley has a specialty for tackling what she calls 'women on the edge.' (more...)

Analisa Leaming and Nathaniel Hackmann to Star in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at Ogunquit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

Pull up your boots and hold onto your hats when this all-dancing, all-singing, all-new production of the rip-roarin' musical comedy classic bursts onto the Ogunquit Playhouse stage September 7 to October 1. (more...)

BWW Review: Welk Resort Presents Sturdy ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Don Grigware - Aug 22, 2016

Joseph Kesselring's dark comedy farce Arsenic and Old Lace dates back to 1941 and was made into one hilarious film starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra in 1944. Nevertheless, the comedy is timeless, so it still holds up quite deliciously in 2016. One never tires of murder especially when it's played out in a spooky old Brooklyn mansion adjacent to a cemetery...and most of the Brewster family who inhabit it are most definitely certifiable. Elderly Abby Brewster (Robin LaValley) and her sister Martha (Eliane Weidauer) dispose of over the hill lodgers all alone in the world - to bring them peace and eternal happiness. They offer homemade Eldeberry wine laced with arsenic and think they're doing the old codgers a favor. It seems perfectly harmless to them. In fact, they already have 11 bodies buried in the cellar and are about to embark on a funeral service for number 12 who is resting comfortably in the window seat of their living room. It helps when their nephew Teddy (Robin Thompson) - who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt - carries out their orders and buries the bodies, convinced that he's digging locks of the Panama Canal. When brother Mortimer (Tim Benson) - a drama critic for a local paper - discovers the body by accident, he automatically assumes it's Teddy who has killed the man, never dreaming that his sweet aunts are responsible. (more...)

BWW Interview: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher Zoe Burke
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Aug 17, 2016

BWW Interviews: Northwest High School Welcomes New Drama Teacher (more...)

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