‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ Now Running at Prime Stage; Complexions Contemporary Ballet at Byham (Sat., 5/8/22)

In Prime Stage's 'Arsenic and Old Lace,' Matt Henderson (Dr. Einstein), Suzanne Ward (Martha Brewster), Lynne Franks (Abby Brewster) and Alex Blair (Jonathan Brewster), are a group one would do well to steer clear of. (Photo Credit: Laura Slovesko)

In Prime Stage’s ‘Arsenic and Old Lace,’ Matt Henderson (Dr. Einstein), Suzanne Ward (Martha Brewster), Lynne Franks (Abby Brewster) and Alex Blair (Jonathan Brewster), are a group one would do well to steer clear of.
(Photo Credit: Laura Slovesko)

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring. Prime Stage Theater. In person and streaming. May 7 – 15.

1) Arsenic and Old Lace was originally a very successful Broadway play and was also made into a movie with Cary Grant, directed by Frank Capra. Arsenic and Old Lace revolves around two spinster aunts who trace their lineage all the way back to the Mayflower. The sisters are also quite mad. Lonely elderly gentleman seem to go missing when in their company. Oh, and there’s also a murderous nephew. That’s a whole lotta murder going on. The one sane family member, Mortimer, tries to sort things out while carrying on a normal life. Prime Stage Theater has Lynne Franks and Suzanne Ward in the roles of Abby and Martha Brewster respectively. Matt Henderson plays Dr. Einstein, an alcoholic plastic surgeon. New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square, North Side.

COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET (mixed repertoire). Pittsburgh Dance Council. Saturday, May 7 only.

2) Complexions Contemporary Ballet features a mix of dance styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. The company was founded by former members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden. Complexions Contemporary Ballet has appeared several times on the Fox TV show “So You Think You Can Dance.” The company will perform 2 pieces: Bach 25 and Woke. Byham Theater, 101 6th St., Cultural Trust.