An edition of Arsenic and Old Lace (1941)

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An edition of Arsenic and Old Lace (1941)

Arsenic and old lace

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Although these words refer to Teddy Brewster in this hilarious play by Joseph Kesselring, they could have applied equally to most of the other members of the Brewster household. Teddy thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, always "charging" upstairs when he is not in the basement digging "locks for the Panama Canal." His two elderly aunts, with whom he lives, also have their own bizarre secret, for which the hand-dug "locks" in the basement are employed to good effect.

Jonathan, Teddy's "disagreeable" brother, who disappeared many years ago, returns during the play with secrets of his own. With his face altered by plastic surgery, he is accompanied by Dr. Einstein, with whom he plans to set up an operating room in the house so the doctor can give new faces to criminals. The only normal person in the family is Mortimer, a drama critic who hates plays, engaged to marry Elaine, the innocent daughter of the minister next door. Mortimer is particularly upset by Jonathan's return--"the most detestable, vicious, venomous form of animal life I ever knew."

The frantic action, the ironies, the comic routines, and the dramatic surprises all center around two bodies, hidden at various times in the window seat of the living room, and the reactions to them by the various people within the household. The local police, friends of Aunt Abby and Aunt Martha, stop by to chat, have coffee, and protect these "sweet" old ladies, often at the worst possible moments, while Mortimer tries to decide what to do about his strange family and the bodies in the house.

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Cover of: Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
March 15, 2002, Josef Weinberger Plays
Paperback
Cover of: Arsenic et vieilles dentelles
Arsenic et vieilles dentelles
1995, L'Avant-scène
in French
Cover of: Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
June 1985, Soundelux Audio Pub
Audio cassette
Cover of: Arsenic and old lace
Arsenic and old lace
1969, Dramatists Play Service
in English
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Arsenic and old lace: play in three acts
1942, Dramatists Plays Service
in English
Cover of: Arsenic and old lace
Arsenic and old lace: play in three acts
1942, Dramatists play service, inc.
in English
Cover of: Arsenic and old lace

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Edition Notes

Originally published: 1941.

A play.

The Physical Object

Pagination
96 p. ;
Number of pages
96

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23065176M
Internet Archive
arsenicoldlace00kess
ISBN 10
0822200651
OCLC/WorldCat
45904446
Library Thing
14205
Goodreads
790375

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