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‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ perfect for date night

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

October brings several fun things for the kids to do. What about the adults? Indian Valley Theatre has the perfect Halloween season date night activity with its production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Sandwich Opera House.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is one of theater’s funniest dark comedies by the American playwright Joseph Kesselring. It was written in 1939 and has become best known through the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra.

The elderly Brewster sisters are the town darlings, but they have a little secret. Their nephew Mortimer discovers they are “helping” lonely gentlemen boarders to early graves in the cellar by way of homemade, arsenic-laced wine. Add a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, a criminal on the run, and the girl Mortimer wants to marry, and you have a recipe for hilarity.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be performed at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad St., Sandwich.

Tickets cost $12 and are available online at or at the box office one hour before each performance.

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