It is making hundreds of audience members laugh from beginning to end, it’s making 13 people work together like a finely tuned machine and creating lasting friendships, it’s making one director extremely happy she stepped up to this particular plate and it’s been said, “it’s one of the best shows I’ve seen.” What is “It?”
It’s the Virgin Valley Theatre Group’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” and it’s playing just one more weekend at the Mesquite Community Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to see it either Friday or Saturday night at 7 p.m.; it’s very funny.
Poor Mortimer Brewster (Travis Daigle, a newcomer to the MCT stage) has just proposed to the love of his life Elaine (Nanette Greener) and is as happy as a Theater Critic can be until he discovers he’s surrounded by homicidal maniacs and to make matters worse; they’re his family! He doesn’t know exactly where to turn when his sweet aunts’, Abby Brewster (Jerrie Clarke) and Martha Brewster (LE Ann ElderKalstein), home is invaded by dead people and cops.
When his maniacal brother Johnathon Brewster (Chad Calmelat) escapes from a prison for the criminally insane and comes home to the Brewster house with the evil Dr. Einstein (Mike Brenner) Mortimer has to call off the marriage to keep Elaine from marrying into a family of lunatics; Mortimer is sure that it’s just a matter of time before another Brewster goes insane.
Between trying to hide bodies in the cellar, or are they in the window seat; one can never be sure in the Brewster house, Mortimer suddenly becomes a captive audience to an extremely persuasive Playwright who just happens to be a cop (Ted Ung).
From the very beginning to the surprise ending this show is every bit as good as you’ll see in anywhere; the performers are top notch and the director, Nancy Arnold, is pleased with the results of a production that had one of the rockiest starts in VVTG history.
Supporting cast members include: Peter Pelliccio, John Sadler, John T. Bird, William Wright and Teri Nehrenz.
This show is one that epitomizes the theory: If you’re doing what you love to do, you can’t fail. The cast and crew of this show are doing exactly what they love to do and the end result is a Grand Slam Home Run; don’t miss the excitement of the game.
Tickets are $5 for students and $16 for adults but if you say the words, “Bully, BULLY”, while at the box office, you’ll receive a $2 discount.