Don't drink the wine
|By Robert Sancrainte|
’Arsenic’ is on tap at Lansing Civic Players
With only a few minor tweaks, “Arsenic and Old Lace”
Benjamin wants her take on the dark comedy, about drama
Benjamin updated some of the awkward, antiquated phrasing of the original and took out many racial epithets common in the era.
The characters themselves, though, were where Benjamin saw the most potential for growth.
For example, the play’s two lovable and murderous aunts,
Benjamin spent time differentiating the two similar
Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine, posed another challenge for the director.
“In trying not to portray a flat character, people tend
Benjamin also played around with the show’s villain,
Benjamin’s goal with modifying the characterizations is
“We’ve been trying for something completely new,” she says.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
Lansing Civic Players
Through Oct. 23
Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road,
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23
$14 adults; $8 students and seniors