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IVT to stage ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

”Arsenic and Old Lace” is one of the American theater’s funniest comedies based on the award-winning Frank Capra movie starring Cary Grant. Indian Valley Theatre will take on the production in October.

The play centers around drama critic Mortimer Brewster. He is engaged to the lovely Elaine Harper ... but will she fit in with his “unusual” family? Abby and Martha Brewster are known throughout Brooklyn for their many acts of kindness and charity. But Mortimer has just learned that his charming spinster aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide. What else can go wrong? Their brother believes that he’s Teddy Roosevelt!

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be directed by Kathie Hart of Somonauk and produced by Matt Johnson of Newark. The cast features Michele Wade of Sandwich as Abby Brewster, Linda Johnson of Somonauk as Martha Brewster, Ahren Lehner of Sandwich as Mortimer Brewster, Matt Johnson of Newark as Jonathon Brewster, Greg Peterson of Earlville as the Rev. Dr. Harper, Kristen Lehner of Sandwich as Elaine Harper, Jim Stott of Yorkville as Dr. Einstein, Gina Palmer of Plano as Officer O’Hara, Andrea McNeal of Sandwich as Lt. Rooney, Mark Wade of Aurora as Officer Brophy, Rich Bryan of Sandwich as Mr. Gibs, Aaron Moorman as Teddy Brewster and Thomas Merkel of Sandwich as Mr. Witherspoon.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sandwich Opera House. Tickets cost $12 and are available online at or at the box office one hour before each performance.

Indian Valley Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the appreciation and development of the performing arts in the Fox Valley area. For more information, visit, visit their facebook page or send an email to

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