Arsenic And Old Lace

Arsenic And Old Lace

Book - 1942
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THE STORY: We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously acceptable roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew--the
Publisher: New York : Dramatists Play Service Inc., 1942.
ISBN: 9780822200659
Branch Call Number: 812.5 KES
Characteristics: 96 p.


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When Joseph Kesselring composed this classic dark comedy about sweet old aunts who poison elderly gentlemen as a charity, a man who is convinced that he's Teddy Roosevelt, a homicidal Boris Karloff look-alike, a German alcoholic plastic surgeon, a playwright/policeman who is terrible at both vocations, several well-meaning but oblivious characters around them, and a horrified protagonist trying desperately and hilariously to keep everyone else safe without making a scandal, he created something that is timeless, well-plotted, and wildly funny.

Of course, I might be kind of biased, since my theater group performed the play two years ago (I was Dr. Einstein). Am I praising it too highly? Read it and find out! (Or, if you don't like reading scripts, you could always watch the movie version with Cary Grant. It's also very good.)

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