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Wimberley Players Bring Long-time Favorite, "Arsenic and Old Lace," to the Wimberley Playhouse

The Wimberley Players has announced that Joseph Kesselring’s highly successful comedy Arsenic and Old Lace will open at the Wimberley Playhouse on September 23. 2011 marks the 70th year that Arsenic & Old Lace triggers theaters across the United States to swell with the happy echo of audience laughter. It is a black comedy featuring Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic, who is about to lose his sense of humor and his mind as he is forced to deal with his crazy, homicidal family and the local police, all the while debating whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

Along with Mortimer, the play also focuses on his spinster aunts, the Brewster sisters (Martha and Abby) whose prim and proper personalities, and kind and charitable motivations, are manifested in some surprising and contradictory ways. Mortimer also has two brothers, Teddy who is mentally challenged, digs locks for the Panama Canal in the basement of the Brewster family home, and is lovingly protected by his two aunts.

And then there is Jonathan, the  nefarious brother who is the black sheep of the family. Of the twelve plays written by Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lacehas been the most successful, and, according to the opening night review in the New York Times, the play was "so funny that none of us will ever forget it."

The play has been performed many times over the years and in 1944 a movie based on the play was released starring Cary Grant.

Tysha Calhoun makes her Playhouse directing debut with this hilariously classic production. She recently directed "Don’t Dress For Dinner" at the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart. She has brought together a cast that is an amalgam of past Playhouse favorites and some new faces to the Playhouse stage.

The Brewster family includes favorites Judith Laird, Ellen Massey, Carl Galante, Derek Smootz and Playhouse newcomer Mike Messinger. Cast in supporting roles are: Guy Ben-Moshe, Leo Butler, Marvin Carson, Bill Claussen, Celeste Coburn, Bill Graham, Allan Pevoto, Terry Robinson and Dan Williams.

Arsenic and Old Lace runs from September 23 – October 16, 2011.  Evening performances are Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 each ($20 on opening night including a wine and cheese pre-show reception at 7 p.m.) and may be purchased at any time online at the Players' website. Groups of ten or more may purchase tickets for $16. Student Rush tickets are available at the door one hour prior to each peformance for $10 (a current student ID is required).

The Box Office is open prior to each performance weekend during the following days and hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 2 - 5 p.m., Fridays 2 - 6 p.m.

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