|Off The Wall spent Christmas
with the Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, two sweet elderly ladies of
wit and charm. Don't drink the wine. I repeat, do not drink the elderberry
wine! And while their handsome young nephew Mortimer is a delight, even
though he happens to be a drama critic, if the other nephew, Jonathan is
around, do not stay for a visit! Jonathan is not a nice man and his associate
Dr. Einstein as more than one screw loose. Speaking of loose screws, did
you know that the third brother, Teddy, actually believes he is Teddy Roosevelt?
I am speaking of course of the world famous
classic comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace," the holiday offering by those crazy
actors over at Off The Wall Theatre.
You know how off the wall gets at Christmas!
It's like the doctors have left the building and the lunatics run the asylum.
It was no different in 2017 with Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic And
Old Lace". Our patrons were invited to enjoy our special "Holiday
Punch" punch but not to drink the elderberry wine!
And the actors! Ladies and gentlemen, have
you ever seen such an ebullient collection of thespians together in one
The illustrious Marilyn White and the effervescent
Michelle Waide as the Brewster sisters! Mark Neufang as Mortimer Brewster
the drama critic. Dale Gutzman as Jonathan Brewster, the mad criminal who
looks like Boris Karloff. Robert Zimmerman as Dr. Einstein the alcoholic
plastic surgeon. Alyssa Falvey as Elaine, Mortimer's befuddled but
feisty fiancee Lawrence J. Lukasavage as crazy brother Teddy who thinks
he president of the United States and our own multi-talented Milwaukee
theater fixture Jeremy C. Welter in four (count 'em) four different roles.
Rounding out the cast were Mark Ninneman
as a good cop, Thomas Welcenbach as a bossy cop, and Paul Pfannenstiel
as a minister and Barbara Weber as a dead body.
The show was directed by Dale Gutzman,
designed by David Roper and the effervescent Sandy Lewis assisted the director.
There were eleven performances from which
to choose, plus a special New Year's Eve show with free food and drink!