‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Rockford College

Staff Report

The Rockford College Performing Arts Department presents Arsenic and Old Lace Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 2.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and 2 p.m., Sunday, at Clark Arts Center in Maddox Theatre.

Written by Joseph Kesselring, this comedy classic kills with kindness. Spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster are devoted to charity and family. But they have taken on another project as well — befriending lonely older gentlemen and then poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. The New York Times wrote, “… so funny that none of us will ever forget it.”

After having played 1,444 performances on stage, a film adaptation was made directed by Frank Capra staring Carry Grant and became a Halloween film classic.

Tickets are $10 adults, and $7 seniors and students. Season subscribers get one ticket free. To order, call the Rockford College Box Office at (815) 226-4100 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, or e-mail BoxOffice@rockford.edu.

This play is part of the college’s Forum Series. To see the Fall 2011 series line-up, visit

For more about the current theater season, visit http://www.rockford.edu/?page=TheatreSeason.

From the Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2011, issue

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