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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.



Odyssey Theatre Announces ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

A revival of Joseph Kesserling's infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun! (more...)

East Lynne Theater Co. Presents World Premiere of A YEAR IN THE TRENCHES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

'If someone in the year 1916 told me that in 1917 I'd be in the army, I would have thought him insane,' said Charles Edward Dilkes (1887-1968). (more...)

2017/18 Professional Training Institute Ensemble Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is pleased to announce the 2017/18 Professional Training Institute (PTI) ensemble, an advanced actor training program for students in 8th-12th grade who may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater artist.   The 2017/18 PTI ensemble includes Elliott Brotherhood, Juliana Garcia-Malacara-Flynn, Lindsay Gleason, Durran Goodwin Jr., Kamani Graham, Meguire Hennes, Nathan Kabara, Maricella Kessenich, Logan Muñoz, Bradley Nowacek, Reese Parish, Dominic Schiro, Payton Elizabeth Stovall, Kenyon Terrell, Saleaqua Winston, and Mainyia Xiong.  These sixteen students hailing from fourteen different high schools will receive free training from some of the top theater professionals in the world, culminating in a capstone summer performance where they will be employed as paid, professional actors. (more...)

Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED to Play Unicorn Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Sidonie Garrett, is coming to the Unicorn Theatre this fall. (more...)

Cleveland Play House to Stage Compelling Production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. These words will come alive again as Cleveland Play House produces The Diary of Anne Frank, providing an immersive experience for the audience in this adaptation never-before seen on the CPH stage. (more...)

QUARTET to Sing at Bristol Riverside Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

Learning to age gracefully is the theme of Bristol Riverside Theatre's next Mainstage production, Quartet by Ron Harwood running October 31-November 19. Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the ensemble cast features Keith Baker, Joy Franz, Laural Merlington, and Nick Ullett. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and More Set for Long Beach Playhouse's 2017 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2017

On September 23, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2017 Mainstage Season. This year's season combines perennial favorites like My Fair Lady, Arsenic and Old Lace and Agatha Christie's Black Coffee with newer plays like Peter and the Starcatcher, Flight and Pack of Lies. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 9/20/2017
by BWW - Sep 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2017 for Rhode Island (more...)

Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson Star in Tour of ART
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers will produce the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour of the Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza's Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy ART, translated by Christopher Hampton. (more...)

Starry GUYS AND DOLLS Begins Tonight at Milwaukee Rep
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls in the Quadracci Powerhouse tonight, September 19, through October 29. (more...)

ART Comes to Theatre Royal, presented by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers will produce the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour of the Old Vic production of Yasmina Reza's Olivier, Tony and Moliere award-winning comedy ART, translated by Christopher Hampton. (more...)

BWW Review: Mirthful Murder and Mayhem Take Center Stage in Granite's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by Veronica Bruscini - Sep 16, 2017

Arsenic and Old Lace is one of the brightest jewels in the crown of comedic storytelling, and Westerly's Granite Theatre stages a real gem of a production. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Granite Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

The Granite Theatre of Westerly will present the delightful mystery/comedy 'Arsenic and Old Lace' by Joseph Kesselring. The movie version that starred Cary Grant continues to entertain new generations. 'Arsenic and Old Lace' stands as a classic that will continue to surprise and delight with a cast of odd-ball characters. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1) on Tuesday: Arts Center of Cannon County's MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Jeffrey Ellis - Sep 12, 2017

True, it's only Tuesday, but today's early-in-the-week edition of Friday 5 (+1) is so packed with interesting information and reasons for you to make reservations to see Million Dollar Quartet at Arts Center of Cannon County, we just couldn't control ourselves! And we're guessing you'll need the extra time to secure your tickets to see what director Darryl Deason promises will be one of the best shows of the year. May we suggest, therefore, that you read on in anticipation of Friday's opening night performance (more...)

Steamy ANTONY & CLEOPATRA to Open Folger Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2017

Folger Theatre launches its 2017/18 season of power, passion, and politics with William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. (more...)

VIDEO: Betty Buckley Sings From STORY SONGS 2 at Joe's Pub!
by Stage Tube - Oct 9, 2017

On the heels of her nationally-acclaimed album, Story Songs, Betty Buckley returns to Joe's Pub with her band and another new collection of songs, Story Songs #2 (October 12-15), from the worlds of Rock, Pop, The American Songbook and The Musical Theater. (more...)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Radio Play Up Next at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2017-2018 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the holiday classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Directed by Jesse Bernstein, the production begins with previews on October 31st, opens November 2nd and continues through December 17th. (more...)

QUARTET to Sing at Bristol Riverside Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

Learning to age gracefully is the theme of Bristol Riverside Theatre's next Mainstage production, Quartet by Ron Harwood running October 31-November 19. Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the ensemble cast features Keith Baker, Joy Franz, Laural Merlington, and Nick Ullett. (more...)

Opening This Weekend ARSENIC AND OLD LACE t The Long Beach Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2017

For 76 years, Kesselring's play, Arsenic and Old Lace, has enchanted audiences with its two sweet old sisters who occasionally feel the need to release a worthy roomer of his lonely suffering with a sip of their homemade Elderberry wine. Added to their misguided mayhem are a lovesick nephew and his disfigured and dangerously insane brother and the sisters' delusional charge who believes he's Teddy Roosevelt. Jeff Brown is the show's director. He's a 40 year veteran with experience in all aspects of theater. Brown has his own take on why this show continues to be an audience favorite. (more...)

Halloween Horror Show: 10 of the Theatre's Most Spine-Tingling Plays
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 31, 2017

Halloween is here! This afternoon, we gave you a fabulously freaky playlist to jam along to for the haunted holiday, but why should musicals have all the fun? (more...)

Betty Buckley to Sing STORY SONGS at Norwalk's Wall Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2017

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will debut at the Wall Street Theater (71 Wall Street; Norwalk, CT 06850) with her acclaimed concert Story Songs on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM. (more...)

Repertory Philippines Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2017

Repertory Philippines (REP), a pioneering professional theater company, announced earlier today its 2018-2019 season , which includes Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors (January 26 to February 18), Lauren Gunderson's 'Silent Sky (March 2 to 25), Joseph Kesselring's Arsenic and Old Lace (April 6 to 29), Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman's Rapunzel! Rapunzel (September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019), and Joy Virata and Ian Monsod's Miong (March 22 to April 14, 2019). (more...)

Cleveland Play House to Stage Compelling Production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2017

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. These words will come alive again as Cleveland Play House produces The Diary of Anne Frank, providing an immersive experience for the audience in this adaptation never-before seen on the CPH stage. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Baltimore - Week of 10/20/2017
by BWW - Oct 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/20/2017 for Baltimore (more...)

Broadway-Bound CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD, Aaron Tveit, Lora Lee Gayer & More Among 2017 Berkshire Theatre Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association has announced the nominees for the Second Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as The Berkies. (more...)

Doreen Taylor, Davis Gaines Set for Hammerstein Docu-Musical 'AN ENCHANTED EVENING' Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2017

Fresh from the sold-out premiere at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in Philadelphia, the brand new, innovative docu-musical AN ENCHANTED EVENING: A NIGHT WITH OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II is coming Off-Broadway for a limited December 2017 engagement. (more...)

TN Shakespeare Company Launches Free Shout-Out Series in Shelby County
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2017

Tennessee Shakespeare Company officially launches its tenth anniversary season this week when it brings Romeo and Juliet to the historic outdoor train depot and platform in Collierville Town Square on Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 pm. (more...)

Walnut Street Theatre Continues 209th Season with ANNIE Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre continues its 209th Anniversary Season with ANNIE, (November 7 January 7). This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is a perfect family treat for the holiday season. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Presents Hellman's WATCH ON THE RHINE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents Watch on the Rhine, Lillian Hellman's 1940s political thriller about loyalty, family, and sacrifice. The play, directed by Berkeley Rep's associate director Lisa Peterson, begins previews on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and runs through Sunday, January 14, 2018. Individual tickets begin at $30 and can be purchased online at berkeleyrep.org or by phone at 510 647-2949. Press night will be on Monday, December 4. (more...)

The Shakespeare Project Of Chicago Announces 2017-18 Theatrical Reading Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

The Shakespeare Project of Chicago announces the lineup for its 2017-18 Theatrical Reading Season, featuring two beloved Shakespearean comedies, one of his rarely seen tragedies and a work by Shakespeare's contemporary Thomas Middleton. (more...)

Ayad Akhtar's DISGRACED to Play Unicorn Theatre This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar, directed by Sidonie Garrett, is coming to the Unicorn Theatre this fall. (more...)

Don't Try the Wine at Long Beach Playhouse's ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

In 1941, Joseph Kesselring offered this sage advice: If you are a lonely, elderly gentleman steer clear of the old Victorian rooming house that Abby and Martha Brewster run - it may be your last room on Earth! (more...)

Betty Buckley Returns to Joe's Pub with STORY SONGS #2 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2017

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley will return to Joe's Pub at The Public with Story Songs #2 - a new collection of music - on the heels of her nationally-acclaimed album, Story Songs, from tonight, October 12, through October 15. (more...)

Steamy ANTONY & CLEOPATRA to Open Folger Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

Folger Theatre launches its 2017/18 season of power, passion, and politics with William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. (more...)

Photo Coverage: COMPANY & HELLO DOLLY Tie For Best Musical at Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 7, 2017

Critics J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin once again hosted the ceremony, which saw top honors for Best Play go to the Berkshire Theatre Group's production of David Auburn's Lost Lake, and a tie between Barrington Stage Company's production of Stephen Sondheim's Company and the Mac-Haydn Theatre's production of Hello, Dolly! for Best Musical. (more...)

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS' Brad Leland to Lead A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Dallas Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award Recipient Dallas Theater Center will present the annual hit production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. (more...)

Betty Buckley Sings STORY SONGS Tonight in Norwalk
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2017

Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley debuts at the Wall Street Theater (71 Wall Street; Norwalk, CT 06850) with her acclaimed concert Story Songs tonight, November 4, at 7:30 PM. (more...)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Radio Play Up Next at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2017-2018 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the holiday classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Directed by Jesse Bernstein, the production begins with previews on October 31st, opens November 2nd and continues through December 17th. (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Baltimore Awards; DORIAN'S CLOSET Leads as Best New Work!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE Opens at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre continues its landmark 209th season with Broadway's classic musical, perfect for the entire family, ANNIE. Directed by Glenn Casale, with choreography by Michelle Gaudette, ANNIE begins previews on November 7th, opens on November 15th and runs through January 7th on the Walnut's Mainstage. (more...)

BWW Review: I HATE HAMLET is Great Escapist Fun
by Frank Benge - Nov 12, 2017

I HATE HAMLET is a 1991 comedy by Paul Rudnick, who is best known as the author of Jeffrey and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. It is a supernatural fantasy inspired by the time when the playwright was living in an apartment in New York that was John Barrymore's old apartment. The play is a throwback to those classic fantasy comedies like Arsenic and Old Lace, Goodbye Charlie and Bell, Book and Candle. There's no real deep message here, just witty and fun escapist entertainment. (more...)

Walnut Theatre presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2017-2018 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the holiday classic, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. Directed by Jesse Bernstein, the production begins with previews on October 31st, opens November 2nd and continues through December 17th. (more...)

TREVOR the Musical Gearing Up for World Premiere at Chicago's Writers Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2017

As previously announced, Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, opens its 2017/18 season with the World Premiere of TREVOR the musical. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at Granite Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

The Granite Theatre of Westerly will present the delightful mystery/comedy 'Arsenic and Old Lace' by Joseph Kesselring. The movie version that starred Cary Grant continues to entertain new generations. 'Arsenic and Old Lace' stands as a classic that will continue to surprise and delight with a cast of odd-ball characters. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE - A Most Potent Showcase for Sheelagh Cullen And Jacque Lynn Colton
by Gil Kaan - Aug 28, 2017

The 1941 Arsenic and Old Lace gets a dusting off from the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble providing a wonderfully expressive vehicle for the acting talents of Sheelagh Cullen and Jacque Lynn Colton as Abby and Martha Brewster, the seemingly harmless and most delightful murderers of their single unattached male boarders. Cullen and Colton totally charm while dithering on ever so casually describing their deadly deeds as calmly as sharing a recipe of elderberry pie. (more...)

Laugh Out Loud with ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at the Odyssey
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Two murderous old ladies, a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator, a Boris Karloff look-alike and a theater critic in love. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a revival of Joseph Kesserling's infectiously funny black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Directed by Elina de Santos, opening night is August 26 at the Odyssey Theatre. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and More Set for Long Beach Playhouse's 2017 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2017

On September 23, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 2017 Mainstage Season. This year's season combines perennial favorites like My Fair Lady, Arsenic and Old Lace and Agatha Christie's Black Coffee with newer plays like Peter and the Starcatcher, Flight and Pack of Lies. (more...)

Odyssey Theatre Announces ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2017

A revival of Joseph Kesserling's infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun! (more...)

BWW Interview: Renown Actress of the Screen and Stage, Harriet Harris, On Arsenic and Old Lace and Letting Yourself Laugh
by Courtney Savoia - Aug 15, 2017

Renown actress of the screen and stage, Harriet Harris (Tony Award; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Bebe Glazer on the hit show, Frasier) joins Berkshire Theatre Group this summer in the classic Joseph Kesselring's play, Arsenic and Old Lace. A play that has gone down in history for its dark humor, Arsenic and Old Lace revolves around the crazy lives of the Brewster family. Harris plays one half of a dynamic sister duo, Abby Brewster, who believes that they are doing the population of lonely, old gentleman a service by offering them their arsenic-laced wine. These twisted acts of charity are just one example of the casual nature that the play presents when it comes to death and other taboo subjects that give audience members permission to laugh at its absurd nature. (more...)

BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE at The Players Centre For The Performing Arts
by Carolan Trbovich - Aug 14, 2017

Catch The Classic Arsenic and Old Lace at The Players! (more...)

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