The University of Minnesota Crookston Music and Theater Department will present "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Kiehle Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. Student Bethany Motley will produce the show with Associate Professor George French as an undergraduate research opportunity project.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring. It is a black comedy centered around Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he considers marrying the woman he loves. The family includes two spinster aunts who poison lonely old men; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt; and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice to conceal his identity.