PHOTO CALL: A Look at Arsenic and Old Lace at Walnut Street Theatre

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03 Apr 2014

Walnut Street Theatre continues its 205th season with Joseph Kesselring's classic madcap comedy Arsenic and Old Lace.

Directed by Charles Abbott, this 75th Anniversary production began previews on March 11, opened on March 19 and runs through April 27th on the Walnut’s Mainstage.



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Ben Dibble, Damon Bonetti and Jennie Eisenhower
Photo by J. Urdaneta Photography



"Drama critic Mortimer Brewster is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper... but will she fit in with his 'unusual' family? Abby and Martha Brewster are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity. But Mortimer has just learned that his charming spinster aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and 'just a pinch' of cyanide! And, his brother believes that he's Teddy Roosevelt! What else can go wrong?"

The cast is led by the deceptively delicious Brewster sisters, Mary Martello (Abby) and Jane Ridley (Martha). Theatre critic Mortimer Brewster and his love interest, the beautiful Elaine Harper, are played by Damon Bonetti (The Glass Menagerie) and Jennie Eisenhower (An Ideal Husband), respectively. Ben Dibble (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Dan Olmstead (Amadeus) play the zany Brewster brothers Teddy and Jonathon. Adding to the madcap events are cast members Paul L. Nolan (Love Story), Fran Prisco (Elf), John Jarboe (Vincent in Brixton), Peter Schmitz (Hairspray), Laurent Giroux (Aspects of Love) and John-Charles Kelly (42nd Street).

The Walnut Street Theatre is located at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For more information and tickets, call (215) 574-3550 or visit WalnutStreetTheatre.org.