Comedy is murder in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Eileen Beaver and Susan Madden star in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Chautauqua Playhouse. Photo by Ron Edington
Eileen Beaver and Susan Madden star in "Arsenic and Old Lace" at the Chautauqua Playhouse. Photo by Ron Edington

Chautauqua Playhouse announces their summer show, the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring, opening on June 22 at the playhouse.

The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through July 22. All performances will be held at the Chautauqua Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road in the La Sierra Community Center in Carmichael. Admission is $19 general and $17 students, seniors, and SARTA members.

It’s murder most funny as the homicidal Brewster sisters of Brooklyn take to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of homemade elderberry wine. It just happens to be laced with a few additives: arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide. A fresh, new take of this comic farce, one of the most popular plays in the history of American theater.

The production is directed by Jill McMahon and features Susan Madden, Eileen Beaver, Rodger Hoopman, John Walck and a host of other popular Sacramento actors. Set design is by Rodger Hoopman with costumes by Eileen beaver and lighting design by Don Myers.

This show is underwritten by a generous grant from the Madden Foundation.

Information and tickets are available through the Chautauqua Playhouse website at cplayhouse.org/tickets or call the box office at (916) 489-7529 during business hours.

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