If you poison us, do we not sing?

Sara Halevi, the creative director of Way Off Productions, is excited. Her theater company is starting out with a bang, putting together the world premiere of Arsenic and Old Lace as a musical. Joseph Kesselring’s classic black comedy has been performed countless times around the world since its inception in the early 1930s and was made into a movie in 1944. But Way Off Productions’s musical adaptation of the play provides a unique twist to the already twisted tale of the Brewsters. “Every time a play is produced, every actor provides a fresh interpretation of the character,” says Halevi. “We have our own twists.”

Set in Brooklyn in the 1920s, the story opens with two seemingly harmless elderly sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, discussing their latest “good deed.” “The two sisters poison old men who are lonely and don’t have families,” explains Halevi. “They put arsenic and cyanide in elderberry wine and kill off these lonely old men as an act of charity and bury them in their basement.”

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