A clever combination of the farcical and the macabre, this classic American comedy centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely old men who come to their home looking for lodging. The two women are assisted in their crimes by their mentally challenged nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and who frequently blasts a bugle and yells ‘‘charge’’ as he bounds up the stairs. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, a theater critic, discovers the murders and a third nephew appears after having just escaped from a mental institution. In his adroit mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable impulse as he pokes fun at the conventions of the theater.
Director Martin Gravely transforms this community-theater favorite into something new, and they succeeded. The 1941 chestnut has never seemed so fresh. Timing is everything, and the comic timing of this cast is impeccable. It's a well-oiled machine that whirs, spins and whizzes beautifully from start to finish. A must see!
Performances are at the RED CLAY THEATER AND ARTS CENTER on Main Street in Duluth.
Performance dates are: January 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 2008; February 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2008. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights at 8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm. Doors open 1 hour prior to show times.
Ticket prices are merely $22.00 for adults, $18.00 for seniors and $15.00 for students.
For tickets please call the Red Clay Box Office at: 770-622-1777. (For SATURDAY MATINEE tickets only, please call 678-938-3615). Please visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com for additional information.