THICKER THAN WA­TER

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT & ABOUT CULTURE TOP TEN -

We all know how crazy fam­i­lies can be, but Arsenic and Old Lace, be­ing staged this month by Reper­tory Philip­pines, takes it up a notch (and more). An Amer­i­can dark com­edy writ­ten by play­wright Joseph Kes­sel­ring in 1939, it re­volves around the Brew­sters, a fam­ily de­scended from the first English Pu­ri­tan set­tlers, who have since spi­raled into a clan of in­sane homi­ci­dal ma­ni­acs. Con­sid­ered the best and most suc­cess­ful of Kes­sel­ring’s 12 orig­i­nal plays, it played on Broad­way from 1941 to 1944, clos­ing af­ter more than 1,400 per­for­mances.

In Arsenic and Old Lace, Mor­timer Brew­ster is a newly en­gaged drama critic at a lo­cal pub­li­ca­tion. His seem­ingly or­di­nary life turns up­side down when he vis­its his fam­ily in Brook­lyn and learns all about the skele­tons that should have stayed in the closet. He meets his two spin­ster aunts who lace their home­made wine with arsenic to mur­der lonely old men, his brother who thinks he is Theodore Roo­sevelt, and an­other brother who had his face changed to re­sem­ble a hor­ror-film ac­tor. How will Emily, Mor­timer’s fi­ancée, re­act to all the Brew­ster fam­ily’s quirks?

Di­rected by Jamie Wil­son, this REP pro­duc­tion features Joy Vi­rata, Jay Va­len­cia Glo­rioso, Jeremy Domingo, Nel­sito Gomez, Sheikh Abra­ham, Bar­bara Jance, Rob­bie Guevara, Gabe Mer­cado, Steven Conde, Ding­dong Ros­ales, and Luis Marcelo. April 6 to 29. On­stage The­ater, Green­belt 1, Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City; tick­ets avail­able through Tick­et­world, 891.9999, tick­et­world.com.ph; reper­to­ryphilip­pines.ph. C.D.C.

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