Edison readies ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Staff report

PIQUA — The Edison Stagelight Players will present “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Emily Beisner, Oct. 28-Nov. 6 in the Robinson Theater on Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus.

“Arsenic and Old Lac” revolves around the Brewster family, which is bursting with charming and eccentric — albeit homicidal — characters. The main character, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic whose two spinster aunts, Abby and Martha, have an unusual hobby: they poison lonely men with arsenic laced elderberry wine.

In addition to his lunatic aunts, one of Mortimer’s brothers thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and another murderous brother, Jonathan, is on the run from the law, and all are getting in the way of Mortimer’s plans to marry, Elaine, the woman he loves.

Michael Detrick, of Versailles, will play Mortimer Brewster. Abby and Martha will be played by Bridget Collins and Rebecca Ritz, both of Piqua. Teddy “Roosevelt” Brewster will be played by Chris Garner, of Piqua. Matthew Cline, of Arcanum, will portray Jonathan Brewster.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for student, and $3 for seniors at the door. Children under 5 will not be admitted. For information, call 937-381-1502.

Staff report

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