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Arsenic and Old Lace

Beef and Board Dinner Theatre kicks its 40th Anniversary Season off in style with the classic screwball comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Mortimer, a young theatre critic,  learns his two aunts are murders and his long-lost brother returns all in the same night. Chaos ensues as Mortimer tries to keep anyone else from getting killed. 

David Schmittou is excellent as the straight man Mortimer trapped in the farcical situation. His bewilderment and consternation at his family's madness is hilarious. He says more with one incredulous face than a dozen lines of dialogue could convey. 

One of my favorite bits in the show are the playful jibes at theatre critics. Mortimer hates the theatre and spends hours lambasting new plays and saving time by "writing the review on the way to the show." You can't help but think that was a bit of revenge from a frustrated playwright. 

Eddie Curry plays Dr. Einstein perfectly, channeling the long-dead Peter Lorre who played the same role in the film version. He pairs nicely with the creepy character of Jonathan Brewster played by Jeff Stockberger, the psychotic brother of Mortimer. Douglas E. Stark also adds another great element as he hams it up as Teddy, Mortimer's brother who believes he's Theodore Roosevelt. 

The results of the great cast is a fun show and a delightful way to begin a monumental season! 

Don't Miss the Show

Performances: The show runs until Feb. 3. Doors open for evening performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The buffet is served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. For Wednesday matinees doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the buffet is served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The show begins at 1 p.m. For Sunday matinees doors open at 12 p.m. and the buffet is served from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The show begins at 1:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets call (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Prices range from $37.50 to $62.50 and include the show, tax, coffee, tea and the buffet. As Beef & Boards’ 2012 Family Show, this production offers a $10 discount off tickets for kids ages 3-15. This production offers discounts; call the box office for more details. 

If you;d like to learn more about Beef & Boards full 40th Anniversary season, which includes hits like The Sound of Music and Les Misérables,  visit this link.

Photos Courtesy of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre