Arsenic and Old Lace: Brew(ster)ing with Excitement and Laughter

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Swarna Gowtham

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Rachael Cenicola

Rachael Cenicola

Madison High School presents Arsenic and Old Lace, a play that hits on quirk and humour.  A story about two old ladies who kill “lonely, miserable men” as acts of kindness within the midst of family chaos keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for more. Abigail and and Martha Brewster played by Suzette Oleson and Maggie Salko made Madison High School proud to call these actors Dodgers. The charming yet frustrated character of Mortimer Brewster was played by the limitless Matt Delevan who exerted passionate yet comical delivery into his character.  Other stellar performances were by Sara Massey, Jack Davidson and Brendan Geier who executed their character perfectly. Sara Massey who added class and sass whilst playing Elaine Harper was fantastic. Jack Davidson and Brendan Geier was the touch of horror and comic relief that was much enjoyed and appreciated by the audience as well. What makes Madison High School’s productions special is the the students ability to fully execute their character and to be able to gladly dedicate themselves to the commitment the show demands. It’s also its ability to make the student audience forget the stresses of schoolwork and enjoy themselves as they fully invest their attention into the play. In saying this, amazing job to the cast and crew of Arsenic and Old Lace! Madison High School’s productions are definitely worth seeing and for those who missed seeing it, make sure to catch it next year!

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3 Responses to “Arsenic and Old Lace: Brew(ster)ing with Excitement and Laughter”

  1. Kylie Davidson on November 27th, 2017 9:40 pm

    I think you did a great job on this article, but do you know what is really the main idea or the underlying concepts that are in this play?

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  2. Giovanna Rafanello on November 28th, 2017 1:52 pm

    This review is very informative about the quality of the play, but there is little explanation of the specifics as to why the play is stellar. Maybe add some specific details that added to your impression that the performances are superb. At times it is somewhat repetitive in the compliments you give to specific members of the cast. Overall though, this review is exceptional.

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  3. Swarna Gowtham on November 28th, 2017 10:44 pm

    Hi Giavonna, I appreciate the feedback and now that I have read the review over I would agree that my comments were repetitive. If I do anything like this again I will make sure to add any specific details that would benefit readers on knowing the extensive quality of the performance.Thanks!

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