Arsenic and Old Lace
St George's Theatre, Yarmouth
This black comedy by Joseph Kesselring, performed by the amateur group St George's Theatre Company and directed by Eve Canham, is set in 1940s America.
Two kind, thoughtful, sweet old ladies, Martha Brewster (Brenda Ceiley) and Abby Brewster (Lynne Rayner-Martin) have developed a very bad habit: they murder lonely, old men who have some sort of religious affiliation, and they consider each murder as an act of mercy.
One of their nephews, Teddy (Roy Ceiley) helps them bury the bodies of each of their victims in the cellar.
They are joined by two other nephews, Mortimer (Kirk Sherratt), a theatre critic in love with Elaine (Lorna Tucker), the girl next door, and Jonathan (Johnny Monkhouse), who has secrets of his own.
The macabre comedy needs a smooth delivery for the audience to catch the humour and this is very well delivered, especially by the two sisters and Jonathan's weird friend, plastic surgeon Dr Einstein (Jason Delaney) who carried off his role with panache.
Lynne, Brenda and Jason really got under the skin of their characters and were well supported by the rest of the cast. A show well worth seeing.
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t Runs until Saturday September 25.