As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday summer events, Berkshire Theatre Group is having a free 8 p.m. performances of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a side-splitting, farcical tale that first debuted on Broadway in 1941. Filled with colorful characters and witty plot twists, this quirky comedy is one for the ages.
Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby and Martha Brewster. However, shortly after Mortimer’s arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer’s dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan.