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Steven Culp in "Arsenic And Old Lace"

June 1, 1997

Interact Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA

Presented during the InterACTivity '97 -
The Fourth Annual Festival of the Interact Theatre Company
May 31 - June 29, 1997

Playwright by Joseph Kesserling
Directed by Alan Brooks

Sponsored by Alan Brooks

Abby Brewster - Mary Carver
Martha Brewster - Eve Brenner
Teddy Brewster - Greg White
Rev. Dr. Harper - Robert Burr
Police Officer Brophy - David Drew Gallagher
Police Officer Klein - Michael Weiner
Elaine Harper - Christina Saffran
Mortimer Brewster - Steven Culp
Mr. Gibbs - Louis Turenne
Jonathan Brewster - Alan Brooks
Dr. Herman Einstein - Steven Hack
Police Officer O'Hara - Steven Gilborn
Police Lieutenant Rooney - James Harper
Mr. Witherspoon - Sandy Kenyon


The play, a clever combination of the farcical and the macabre, centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. The two women are assisted in their crimes by their mentally challenged nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and who frequently blasts a bugle and yells "charge" as he bounds up the stairs. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, a theater critic, discovers the murders and a third nephew appears after having just escaped from a mental institution.

In his adroit mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable impulse as he pokes fun at the conventions of the theater.

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