Lakewood Theater in Madison will kick off it’s 2017 season with “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

The year is 1941, a large house next to a cemetery in Brooklyn , home of the Brewsters. There are two spinster aunts Martha and Abby, their nephews Mortimer, a drama critic recently engaged to the minister’s daughter, and bugle-blowing Teddy who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, and murderous Jonathan who has eluded capture with the aid of an alcoholic facial surgeon whose last procedure has Jonathan looking like Boris Karloff. The Brewsters can trace their lineage to the Mayflower and there also are trace elements of cyanide, arsenic and strychnine in the elderberry wine the kind old ladies have been offering to lonely men.

So far 12 men have succumbed to the charm and libation of the sweet sisters. Believing they have died from yellow fever, Teddy has buried them in the Panama Canal (the cellar.) The 12th victim rests in the window seat. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. May 25, 26, 27, June 1, 2 and 3; 4 p.m. May 28; and 2 p.m. May 31.

Tickets cost $20 in advance or $22 at the door for adults, $22/$24 for musicals, $32/$35 for cabaret seating, $17/$19 for children.

For more information, call 474-7176 or visit

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