Harnett Regional Theatre In Rehearsal For Comedy

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‘Arsenic and Old

Lace’ to open Feb. 16.

Harnett Regional Theatre in Dunn is busy preparing for the opening of its production of the famous comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace,” written in 1939 by American playwright Joseph Kesselring.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be performed Feb. 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. at The Stewart Theatre, 114 N. Wilson Ave., in Downtown Dunn. Admission is $12.

The comedy is set in the living room of the Brewster home in Brooklyn where the elderly spinster sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster (played by Lynda Turner and Amy Langdon), live with their brother, Teddy Brewster (Rick Stephenson), who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt. It is soon discovered by their nephew, Mortimer Brewster (Greg Griffin), that the innocent ladies are poisoning socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers with their boysenberry wine laced with arsenic and hiding their remains in the cellar of their home.

The play became best known from the film adaptation directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant.

Under the direction of Vicki Wade, the cast also includes Howard Dudley as the Rev. Dr. Harper, Mac Newton as Officer Brophy, Chris Dragotta as Officer Klein, Erin Harrington as Elaine Harper, Curt West as Mr. Gibbs, D.H. Johnson as Jonathan Brewster, Dan Ruffino as Dr. Einstein, Perry Balentine as Officer O’Hara, Eddie White and Curt West as Mr. Witherspoon.

The show is funded in part by the Harnett County Arts Council and is produced with arrangements with Dramatists Play Services Inc.

Tickets can be purchased at the theater on the night of the performance or online at www. onlinehrt.org.

— Laura Patterson McHale

Contributed Photo

The Harnett Regional Theatre cast, from left, Eddie White, Rick Stephenson, D.H. Johnson, Dan

Ruffino, Amy Langdon, Greg Griffin and Erin Harrington, are busy rehearsing for next weekend's opening of the comedy 'Arsenic and Lace.'

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