Drama Club brings old classic to life on campus Reply

By Haleigh Santilli – Arts Editor

This spring semester, the Lasell College Drama Cub (LCDC) will be performing the entertaining play and old Hollywood classic, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” The original play, first written in 1939 by Joseph Kesselring, is better known for its 1944 film starring the iconic Cary Grant.

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An original poster from the film “Arsenic and Old Lace,” starring Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane. Photo Courtesy of IMDB

The play follows Mortimer Brewster, a young man who goes to visit his two spinster aunts and uncle (who thinks he is Theodore Roosevelt) as he contemplates proposing to the woman he loves. Before he can get back to his girlfriend, Mortimer discovers new family secrets. One being his aunts’ frequent adoption of sad, lonely men from the street who look down in the dumps, and trying to cheer them up by putting them out of their misery with poisoned wine.

Once the sad man has died, the two sisters have their brother (who thinks it’s for the Panama Canal) dig ditches in their basement for the bodies, all while they think they’re doing the work of the Lord. To add salt in the wound, Mortimer finds that his criminal brother, Jonathan Brewster, who had plastic surgery to change his face to hid from the law, returns home, causing panic for Mortimer. The hilarious, wacky play will be an enjoyment for all audiences.

The LCDC’s production consists of 13 cast members, directed by Kristi Wivagg. The lead of Mortimer Brewster will be played by Hamilton Harris, Abby and Martha Brewster will be played by Diana Milkey and Rebecca Llanes. Teddy Brewster will be played by Spencer Kosior, and Jonathan Brewster will be played by Tom Casey. The sidesplitting performances will be on April 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m., and April 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Yamawaki Auditorium.

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