A play about old ladies who poison their tenants with a glass of wine, say what?! That’s what goes on in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, the play currently at La Mirada Theatre, and it’s hilarious!

These two ladies couldn’t look any sweeter. They live right by a church in Brooklyn, NY, and everyone loves them for their acts of charity. But they are pretty crazy, unbeknownst to all, and they have been burying lonely old men in their basement for years. Then, on a September afternoon in 1941, their nephew comes to visit- and finds a corpse in their living room. From that moment on, it’s just mayhem! 

Playwright Joseph Kesselring wrote ARSENIC AND OLD LACE and it became his masterpiece. It was a hit on Broadway and around the world and eventually became a movie that starred Cary Grant. 

At La Mirada, the play is directed by Casey Stangl. The production has a gorgeous stage created by John Iacovelli, and, as originally written, it’s performed in three acts (with a 15 minute intermission between the first and second acts, and just a 3-min stretch between the second and third). It is very funny, and it will surely make you laugh out loud. Carol Mansell and Lynn Milgrim, as Amy and Martha Brewster respectively, are fantastic.

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Lynn Milgrim and Carol Mansell star in the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts/McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of “ARSENIC AND OLD LACE” by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Casey Stangl

 

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE will continue at La Mirada Theater through Feb. 16, 2020. Performances are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets range $17 to $89 and there are $15 student tickets available. Children under 3 years old are not admitted in the theater. For tickets and information visit lamiradatheatre.com or call (562) 944-9801.

La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts is located at 14900 La Mirada Blvd, in La Mirada CA 90638.

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Mike Genovese, Carol Mansell, Lynn Milgrim star in the La Mirada Theatre /McCoy Rigby Entertainment production of “ARSENIC AND OLD LACE” by Joseph Kesselring, directed by Casey Stangl