Opening of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ at Theatre of Dare’s new home postponed to Feb. 25

The Brewster sisters have tea with their nephew: Nick
Oprea as Teddy (standing); Jan Bryant as Martha
(seated, right); and Mary Ross as Abby (seated left). [TOD photo]

UPDATED, Thursday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m.:

Theatre of Dare, community theatre for the Outer Banks, is postponing the opening of their production Arsenic and Old Lace, which had been scheduled to open Friday, February 18.

“One of our leads has tested positive for COVID-19,” says Jessica Sands, director of the show. “Obviously, we don’t want to put the rest of the cast and crew, as well as our audience members, at risk of being exposed.”

Plans are to move the opening to Friday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances February 26 at 7:30 p.m. & February 27 at 2:00 p.m. TOD is exploring options to continue the run March 4-6. Those who have purchased tickets for this weekend, including season ticket members, will be contacted by the box office via email.

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Theatre of Dare, community theatre for the Outer Banks, will present Arsenic and Old Lace, a 1939 farsical black comedy by Joseph Kesselring.

“I simply adore Arsenic and Old Lace, and I’ve been wanting to stage it for a long time,” says Jessica Sands, director of the play. “I think our audience is going to love it – not only because we’ve got some very talented people on stage and behind the scenes, but because we’re performing in our brand new, permanent home.”

 The play centers on two elderly sisters who are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of charity. Unfortunately, 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. 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.

 “We recommend purchasing tickets online,” says Kelsey Thompson, Business Director and box office manager. “People are really excited about coming to see the new space, so even though we can seat 200, we’re anticipating a big turnout. By securing your ticket beforehand, you guarantee you won’t be turned away at the door.”

 Theatre of Dare continues to observe pandemic protocols, so the audience will be asked to wear masks.

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