The Masquers: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

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by Joseph Kesselring

The Masquers’ favorite farce — this is the first show The Masquers has reprised three times in their 96-year history.

First brought to the stage in 1941, Joseph Kesselring’s dark comedy is one of our favorite farces. Set in the home of the Brewsters, a family decended from the “Mayflower,” Abby and Martha keep house while nephew Teddy (he thinks Roosevelt) digs the Panama Canal in the basement. The two spinsters have a small habit of populating the “canal” with the remains of single male roomers, which they have poisoned with homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide.

Our hero, Mortimer Brewster, desperately tries to deal with his aunts and Teddy along with criminal brother Jonathan and his cohort Dr. Einstein while trying to convince himself that he is not afflicted with the malaise running rampant in his family.

Made famous by the film of the same name in 1944, the play was a smash hit on Broadway running for 1,444 performances.

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$17 adults | $11 students ages 18 and younger

Please note: Wisconsin Sales Tax and $2/ticket Capitol Preservation Fee will be added to your purchase.

 


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