6-11 Nov. The Rome Savoyard's production of Joseph Kesselring's black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" is back by popular demand after a successful run last February.
Written in 1939 and originally entitled "Bodies in Our Cellar", the film adaptation starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank Capra is now better known.
The plot focuses on the two Brewster sisters, Martha and Abby, who have lived in their father's house in Brooklyn all their lives and now as elderly ladies share it with their nephew Teddy. The two fondly tolerate Teddy's firm belief that he is President Roosevelt, even to the extent of allowing him to dig the Panama Canal in their cellar.
Their domestic bliss is enhanced by the increasingly regular visits of Teddy's brother Mortimer who grows ever more fond of Elaine Harper, living next door. It seems that things will lead to the inevitable happy conclusion but when Mortimer makes a disturbing discovery the path to a happy ending becomes anything but clear.
Directed by Sandra Provost and produced in collaboration with Dramatists Play Service Inc, the cast features some well-known faces from the world of English language theatre in Rome.
Performances from 6-9 November are at 20.30 and from 10-11 November at 17.30.