Carson City Brewery Arts Center to present ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Oct. 16-18

In time for Halloween, Carson City’s Proscenium Players, Inc. is reviving a classic comedy about a homicidal family and bringing it to the Brewery Arts Center.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall, 511 W. King St.

The story, written by the playwright Joseph Kesselring in 1939, follows the charming and innocent Brewster sisters, who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers. The sisters, in what they see as acts of compassion, kill off lonely old men by serving them wine laced with arsenic.

The audience will also witness the antics of the aunts’ three nephews — one who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; another, Jonathan, a Boris Karloff look alike who has been “away” for some time; and New York Times Drama Critic, Mortimer.

The play was made into a 1944 movie starring Cary Grant as Mortimer. The Carson City production is bringing to the stage some of the veteran actors and performers who have participated in many of the Proscenium Players productions over the past 50 years, as well as some newbies who have never stepped foot on stage.

“I am so proud of this cast, play and director, Jeffrey Fast,” said Brewery Arts Center Executive Director Gina Hill. “It’s really a show not to be missed.”

Tickets for $18 per person are available for purchase at or in the BAC’s Artisan Store, 449 W. King St.

For more information, call the Brewery Arts Center office at 775-883-1976.


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