Poor Mortimer Brewster. In Joseph Kesselring's black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, Mortimer (played by Kevin Dean in this A.D. Players production) is the much put-upon nice guy who has to juggle two old-maid aunts (Patty Tuel Bailey and Stephanie Bradow); an odd uncle who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt (Stephen Hurst); a murderous brother (Marty Blair) and his shady friend Dr. Einstein (Marion Arthur Kirby); and a beautiful but impatient fiancée (Julie Fontenot). When Mortimer finds out his aunts have been poisoning lonely old men and burying them in the cellar of their house, it's almost more than he can handle. Almost.
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7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Additional performances at 7:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays and 2:30 p.m. on select Saturdays. Through October 6. Grace Theater, 2710 West Alabama. For information, call 713-526-2721 or visit adplayers.org. $32 to $41.
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 4. Continues through Oct. 6, 2013