Priscilla Beach Theatre (PBT) is currently featuring the comedy classic, "Arsenic and Old Lace," on the Barn Stage. Originally, this run was scheduled for only five shows but, theatre owners and guardians Bob and Sandy Malone added another performance to try to meet the strong demand.
This show is directed by Stephen Benson, co-directed by Meg Benson, and produced by Bob and Sandy Malone. (Note of interest: director Stephen Benson was a performer here at PBT in the mid-1970's!)
This story was written in 1939 and premiered in 1941. "The zany dark comedy tells the story of drama critic Mortimer Brewster, who just wants to get married to the girl next door. But standing solidly between Mortimer and matrimonial bliss is the wackiest, weirdest family tree that ever grew! His two sweet aunts, Abby and Martha have developed murder as their favorite hobby. Cousin Teddy sports a pince-nez, a handlebar moustache and regularly charges up San Juan Hill! And horrid brother Jonathan has just arrived from an asylum with a new face (ala Boris Karloff). It's "Home Sweet Homicide" as Mortimer tries to thwart the police, conceal a corpse, curtail anymore killing, and convince Elaine that a wedding with a man who is drowning in such a murky gene pool could be a lifesaver." Source: PBT website.
These images were captured during the final dress rehearsal and are presented in the order of occurrence within the show. (Click on any image for higher resolution view).
In October, PBT will close out the 2016 performance season with the the musical comedy, "First Date," on the Barn Stage for a five performance run. The fall Children's Workshop will also offer, "Music Man, Jr." on the Barn Stage in late October.
Season tickets for next summer go on sale December 1. (Individual ticket sales will follow a few days later).
Here's the lineup for Summer 2017:
"The Marvelous Wonderettes" in May,
"Nunsense" in June,
"West Side Story" in July,
"The Producers" in August,
"All Shook Up" in September, and
"Little Shop of Horrors" in October.
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