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A Sharp, Peculiar Vintage: Arsenic and Old Lace at Hillsboro Artists’ Regional Theatre

Joseph Kesselring’s superbly written 1939 dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace has long been a perennial favorite in the theatrical world for its charming mix of intrigue, slapstick comedy, danger, and romance (more or less in that order). With its novel premise, wry dialogue, and fast-moving parade of vibrant characters, it’s little wonder that, eighty years on, the show is still so highly regarded by dramatic practitioners and enthusiasts alike. Of course, the danger in doing something so well-known and respected is that, however unjustly, the viewer’s expectations are heightened by the show’s renown. That being said; (and despite some light pacing issues and questionable choices for some of the secondary characters), HART’S current production of “Arsenic” boasts an overall feeling of mirth and exhilaration that should remind viewers why they fell in love with the story in the first place.