Two sweet old ladies, a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and yellow fever victims in the basement….what else could go wrong for newly engaged Mortimer Brewster? Oh yes, his murderous older brother could come back to town.
All theses shenanigans can mean only one thing, “Arsenic and Old Lace” is back, opening this Friday, Oct. 11, at the Barn Community Playhouse in Tillamook.
Written by Joseph Kesselring, this classic comedy has been performed to rave audience reviews since its Broadway opening in 1941.
Tillamook Association of Performing Arts director Kelli McMellon has assembled a cast of stage veterans and newbies, led by Karen Downs and Sandra Koops as the murderous Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha. Chris Chiola is Mortimer Brewster, with Mallary Staudinger playing his love, Elaine Harper, and Mary Allen playing Elaine’s mother, the Rev. Dr. Harper. Mortimer’s brothers make an appearance, with Cody Mann as Teddy Brewster, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and Sid Givens as Jonathon, who has had plastic surgery to conceal his identity. Jonathon’s plastic surgery was performed by the alcoholic Dr. Einstein, played by Lynn Lothman. The local police force gets involved (of course), with officers played by Robin Ehley, Janice Bentley, Rachael Caldwell and Gerry Cortimilia. Rounding out the cast is John Rogan playing Mr. Witherspoon, the superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium.
The show opens this Friday, Oct. 11, with a gala celebration, where each ticket purchase includes a free beverage of choice and hors d’oeuvres.
The run will continue through Sunday, Oct. 27, with 7 pm performances every Friday and Saturday and 2 pm matinées each Sunday.
The Barn Community Playhouse is located at 1204 Ivy Street, on the corner of 12th and Ivy, adjacent to Les Schwab Tires.
Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under, are available at tillamooktheater.com or by calling 503-812-0275.