|Abby Brewster (Kim Morris), Mortinmer Brewster (Richard Nguyen Sloniker)|
and Martha Brewster (Pam Nolte). (Phtoto: Erik Stuhaug)
Joseph Kesselring’s “killer” play, Arsenic and Old Lace first opened on Broadway on January 10, 1941. The movie version starring Cary Grant opened in theaters in 1944. Since that time, the play has probably been presented by every high school drama class in the country numerous times. It’s one of those plays that “everyone” has seen and loved. However, it’s been a long time since any professional theater in Seattle has brought the classic back to stage (that I can recall at least) so it’s high time that should come about once again.
|Mortimer (Richard Nguyen Sloniker) and|
Jonathan (David Drummond) (Photo: Erik Stuhaug)
Also living with the spinster sisters, at least temporarily, is Teddy’s brother Mortimer (Richard Nguyen Sloniker) who is a theatre critic who hates the theatre. He has literally fallen in love with the girl next door, Elaine Harper (Elizabeth Keck), the daughter of Reverend Harper (Bill Johns) who disapproves of his daughter seeing an art critic afraid what has rubbed off onto him. A bit wacky, but everything seems normal enough until Mortimer finds a dead body in the house’s window seat. Things go downhill when he tells his aunts the shocking news and they aren’t surprised by it at all and plan to hold a Methodist funeral for the man.
This leads to more uncomfortable revelations about Mortimer’s family, hiding information from the police and the return of Teddy and Mortimer’s long lost brother, Jonathan (David Drummond). Looking like a Hollywood monster and seeking out a place of refuge with his plastic surgery doctor, Dr. Einstein (Nolan Palmer), Jonathan thinks that the old Brewster homestead would make for the perfect hideout. It’s enough to drive a guy to drink. Just don’t touch the homemade elderberry wine!
|Abby (Kim Morris), Teddy (Stephen Grenley) and Jonathan|
(David Drummod) (Photo: Erik Stuhaug)
Arsenic and Old Lace continues through March 2, 2019. Performance times are Wednesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and an additional Saturday matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. Tickets range from $27-$50 depending on the performance. Visit the website for information about discount ticket options and special performances that include post-play discussions and more. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 206-781-9708. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N. 85th St. in Seattle, 98103.