Words: Diana Cagas
On November 12-15, Centennial’s Theatre Department showcased Joseph Ketterling’s Arsenic and Old Lace. The dark comedy involved many humorous and suspenseful scenes and captured the attention of a full audience, packed from the front of the auditorium to the back.
Set in the late 1930s, the play revolves around the Brewster family in Brooklyn, New York. Mortimer Brewster, played by junior Miguel Fernandez, is a drama critic, reviewing plays performed in the theatre. His two beloved aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster, played by junior Mevie Henderson and senior Stephanie Crispell, murder elderly men by poisoning them with a glass of elderberry wine.
As the play went on, the characters built more suspense through the use of irony. As through usual comedy, spit-takes were involved and the actors and actresses made many references to the Panama Canal, Boris Karloff, and the Bible.
The amazing talent of the cast, stage crew, sound crew, and directors truly impressed the audience through five wonderful productions.