‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ opens at Piedmont College
North Georgia Theatre at Piedmont College completed its inaugural summer season with “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a dark comedy centered on a drama critic who discovers that his elderly aunts are homicidal maniacs.
Directed by John Spiegel, the performances were held June 16-19 and June 23-26 in the Swanson Center at Piedmont College in Demorest.
Playwright Joseph Kesselring originally intended the play to be a serious drama based on real events, but released it as a comedy in 1939, and it has played around the world ever since. It was also the basis of a 1944 movie by the same name starring Cary Grant.
As critic Mortimer Brewster is preparing for his upcoming marriage, he learns that his two aunts have been murdering lonely old men with glasses of elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and cyanide. Brewster has two brothers, one who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt. The other brother is also a murderer who has had plastic surgery to hide his identity.
The troupe began the summer with a presentation of “Something’s Afoot” by James McDonald, Davis Vos, and Robert Gerlach. Directed by Bill Gabelhausen, “Something’s Afoot” is a musical comedy spoof based on Agatha Christie’s “Ten Little Indians.” A group of people are invited to the lake estate of Lord Dudley Rancour where the Lord is found dead. It becomes a race against the clock to solve the murder mystery.
Rane Tipton, Katie Robinson, Matt McClure, Stephanie Bignault, Daniel Burns, Brandon Mahaffey, Justin Gilleland, Jeremy Douylliez, Rickey Eberhardt, Chase Weaver, Nolan Garrett, Peter Davis, Ben Cissé, and Henry Johnson,