Play Preview: Arsenic and Old Lace


The Eureka Theatre Company presents their spring production “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. The production is filled with quite the intriguing cast.

The main character in the story is Mortimer Brewster (Nick Vogl). He is an ordinary guy who is moving back in with his family to get back on his feet. Little does he know the family has some secrets.

The story is set in the early 1940s in the home of Abby and Martha Brewster (Sarah Stellhorn and Emily Wildenhaus, respectivel) The two women have a unique past-time: they comfort old men by poisoning them.

Living with the two women is another family member, Teddy Brewster (Drake Vogl). He believes he is Teddy Roosevelt digging the Panama Canal in the basement of their home.

Teddy’s antics are expected to be a fan favorite.

“Teddy is definitely a show stealer,” Hanna Reinkenmeyer, assistant director, said. “I have been telling people that he is a big reason I would come because his character is hysterical and he does so many things you wouldn’t expect him to do. Lots of laugh-out-loud events.”

Jonathon Brewster is the fourth and final crazy character living under the same roof. He is a psychopath and is on the run from the police as a multiple-time murderer.

As the story progresses, the family is discovered by the police. Then, faced with a predicament the family must figure out how to avoid being caught.

“It’s a play full of really dark humor,” Drake Vogl, Teddy Brewster, said. “Filled with stuff you probably shouldn’t laugh at, but it’s hilarious.”

Arsenic and Old Lace tickets will be on sale all next week at lunch for $6 and available at the doors for $8. The show will be held in the new theater, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 6-8.