Arsenic and Old Lace

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma
Runs through February 10, 2019

AaOL for IT-5
Karen Brocker, Tim Setzer, and Karen Pinomaki
Photo by Miller Oberlin Photography

If you’ve never seen a live performance of Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace, the venerable classic in the Western theatre canon, hustle a pair of tickets to the production at Sonoma Arts Live before it closes. Even if you’ve seen it many times, you will find this cast and staging a solid tribute to the old chestnut that delivers a satisfying entertainment.

Spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster (Karen Brocker and Karen Pinomaki) have a new charitable hobby—helping lonely old men to a speedy demise with a socko dose of poison in their homemade wine. Fortunately for them, their live-in nephew Teddy (Tim Setzer) believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt and is happy to dig graves in the cellar, otherwise known as Panama, for each new “yellow fever victim.”

Teddy’s brother Mortimer (Michael Coury Murdock), a well-known theatre critic, has developed a romance with Elaine Harper (Julianne Bradbury), who resides next door to the Brewsters with her minister father (Rick Love). By chance, Mortimer finds the latest victim, elderly Mr. Hoskins, temporarily stowed in the window seat, which leads him to interrogate his aunts, uncovering their nefarious activities that have dispatched twelve men so far. …

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Arsenic and Old Lace