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Members of the cast prepare for the Nov. 17 performances of 'Arsenic and Old Lace' at Holy Spirit High School.

ABSECON — The Holy Spirit High School Drama Club will present two performances of "Arsenic and Old Lace."

Set in Brooklyn circa 1940, murder, mayhem and madcap lunacy abound in the Brewster home. Mortimer Brewster is a drama critic whose two spinster aunts have a unique hobby — they poison lonely old men with elderberry wine laced with arsenic. One of his brothers thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another murderous brother is on the run from the law. All are getting in the way of Mortimer’s plans to marry the woman he loves.

This stage version of playwright Joseph Kesselring’s masterpiece is teeming with inexhaustible high jinks, narrow escapes and vaudeville comedy.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” is directed by Holy Spirit Music Director Claire Collins.

Performances are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the school, 500 New Road.  The show is family friendly and runs about two hours.

Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased during school hours in the main office, online at one.bidpal.net/arsenicoldlace or at the door before each show.

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