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Honeoye Drama Club presents ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

The Honeoye Drama Club will be presenting “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which opens Friday night and continues with a Saturday night performance and matinee on Sunday. The play by John Kesselring is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the Mayflower, but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs.

The hero, Mortimer Brewster, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy family and local police in Brooklyn, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves.

His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts’ victims; he thinks that they died of yellow fever); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein to conceal his identity, and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

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