About This Show

The Shadow Lawn Stage presents Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesserling. The year is 1941. The location is a small house next to a cemetery in Brooklyn. In this house live two kind, thoughtful, sweet old ladies,
Martha and Abby Brewster who have developed a very bad habit. It appears
that they murder lonely old men who have some sort of religious
affiliation and they consider doing it a charity. They then leave it to
their bugle-blowing brother, Teddy (who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt) to
take them to the Panama Canal (the cellar) and bury them. It is another of
their nephews Mortimer Brewster, a dramatic critic, who returns home only
to find the man in the seat by mistake. Another nephew, Jonathan, returns
to the home after years of fleeing the authorities due to his “unofficial
practice” of killing people and using their faces to change his. However
the results cause him to look like Boris Karloff (this angers him upon the
mention of his similarity to the actor) due to the poor craftsmanship of
his German accented, alcoholic sidekick Dr. Einstein. As the story
continues, we see each character trying to find resolve in their suddenly
been flipped upside-down lives. Mortimer tries to keep his aunts safe and
prevent them from continuing their nasty habit while trying to stay sane
with the woman he loves, the aunts try to continue their “charities”, and
Jonathan tries to make a wealthy practice that is stationed inside the

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: July 16, 2004 Final Performance: August 1, 2004