By Staff Reporter

October 3, 2018
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Classic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace coming to Anvil Centre

A classic black comedy is coming to the stage at Anvil Centre this month.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company is staging Arsenic and Old Lace in New Westminster from Oct. 18 to 20, followed by shows at the Surrey Arts Centre Oct. 26 and 27.

The play – best known from the 1944 Frank Capra film, starring Cary Grant – tells the story of Mortimer Brewster, a happy man who heads home to announce his engagement to his family. But there’s a catch: his family is, well, crazy. And in his attempt to keep his fiancée safe from his homicidal aunts, an uncle who believes he’s Teddy Roosevelt and another who doesn’t look quite like he used to, Mortimer starts to lose his own sanity.

The Royal Canadian Theatre Company production features a return of the trio of Steve Weller, Michael Charrois and Jacqueline Becher, who were a hit in the theatre company’s 2016 production of It Was a Dark and Stormy Night.

It also includes the talents of two New Westminster actors: Kurtis Maguire, who plays Dr. Einstein, and Rob Larsen, who plays Mr. Gibbs and Mr. Witherspoon. Steven Simpson is Mortimer, and Amanda Prasow is his fiancée, Elaine.

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