Rankin, Durgin in ‘Arsenic’ recipe

Apr 29, 2014
Photo by: Marti Stone Suzanne Rankin, right, and Nancy Durgin play the Brewster sisters and Joe McGrann their nephew Teddy in Heartwood Theater’s production of the classic comedy “Arsenic & Old Lace.”

Newcastle — Heartwood Theater has assembled a spot-on cast to provide some serious comedy in Joseph Kesselring’s well-loved “Arsenic & Old Lace,” opening Friday, May 2, for a two-weekend run in the Parker Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, Academy Hill Road

This delicious recipe of melodrama, farce, absurdity and horror, best-known from the famous movie version starring Cary Grant, has delighted audiences for decades. The play captures the essence of comic schtick — broad characters, situational comedy and sharp verbal wit.

Leading the cast as well meaning, but criminal spinster sisters are Suzanne Rankin of Matinicus and Nancy Durgin, retired longtime SAD 40 educator, playing Abby and Martha Brewster. Doggedly attempting to disarm his dear, murdering aunties is their nephew Mortimer, played by Chris Davis, returning to Heartwood in a completely juxtaposed role from “Macbeth,” which he played last spring.

Evening performances will be Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3; and Thursday through Saturday, May 8 through 10, at 7:30 p.m. There is one matinee scheduled, sure to sell out quickly, Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. Seating is unreserved, though special arrangements may be made for easy access or close seating.

Tickets are $22, $8 for students. Reservations are strongly suggested and may be obtained by calling Heartwood at 563-1373 or emailing boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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