Marsh River Theater will open its production of the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 24 Monroe Highway/Route 139.

The show will continues Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., the run’s only matinee.

The dark screwball comedy is set in Brooklyn, where jaded New York drama critic Mortimer discovers more than he bargained for when he checks in on his elderly aunts — it turns out they have been poisoning lonely gentlemen with their “special" elderberry wine.

The Marsh River production of Joseph Kesselring’s Broadway hit is directed by Frank Champa and features Scott Anthony Smith, Leah Elizabeth Smith, Ray Quimby, Dan Miron, Ari Jihan, Hannah Clifford, Nan Simpson, Louise Harris, Jay Rosenburg, Caleb Larrabee, Pierre LeClerc, Amy Simoneau and Olivia McPherson.

General admission tickets are $10, $8 for those older than 61 and younger than 13. For more information, call 772-4110 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or