Arsenic &Old Lace is the latest offering by the Kauai Community Players.
“Ron (Wood) could be cast as (Herman) Einstein,” said Arsenic &Old Lace director Dennis McGraw, peering from behind his copy of the script. “We could do something with the hair.”
The latest production by KCP is written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by McGraw with a cast of local stage celebrities, including Anne Coyle and Dottie Beckeart who play the Brewster sisters — Abby and Aunt Martha.
The play runs 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Jan. 20 at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.
Sunday matinees are at 4 p.m.
The farcical black comedy is centered around the Brewster family who is descended from the Mayflower settlers and a bunch of insane homicidal maniacs.
“I’m really excited about this play,” said Connor McGrath who is cast as Jonathan, a nephew who is supposed to be a victim of Mortimer who with Dr. Einstein discover that they are tied with the sisters in the number of victims they have killed. “How do we break the tie? This is a fun script, and it’s appropriate for all ages.”
The Brewster sisters have been populating their cellar with the remains of lonely elderly gentlemen, considering their act to be philanthropic.
All the while, the sisters contemplate sending Teddy, a nephew, to Happy Dale because Teddy thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the bodies are victims of yellow fever.
When Mortimer, yet another nephew, show up with Dr. Einstein, the homicidal maniac pair, they realize they are tied with the Brewster sisters in the number of victims they have claimed.
They set their sights on Jonathan and results are humorous.
Tickets are available at www.kauaicommunityplayers.org
The next KCP presentation, The Shadow Box directed by Jo Grande, will run Feb. 14 through March 3 at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse.