Thursday night, the curtain goes up on the latest production by Southwest High School's Unhinged Theater Company.
"Arsenic and Old Lace" centers around a nervous, young theater critic debating whether or not to go back on his promise to mary his girlfriend, all while dealing with a decidedly eccentric family and, of course, the police. Two spinster aunts amuse themselves by murdering lonely old men with homemade wine laced with arsenic, stricchnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide. A brother thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and digs "locks" for the Panama Canal in the same basement in which the aunts stash their victims' remains.
The play was turned into a popular 1944 movie featuring Cary Grant.
The show will likely be popular—who doesn't love fictional, murderous old ladies?—and the school's online ticket reservation service appears to be down, so you may want to show up early. Performances are at Southwest High School on:
- Oct. 25, 7 p.m.
- Oct. 26, 7 p.m.