Actor Jesse Geray with photo of play’s
author Joseph Kesselring, the likeness is amazing!
Courtesy: The Traid Theater
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– About Standing Room Only’s presentation of Arsenic and Old Lace
by Joseph Kesselring with special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.
Arsenic and Old Lace — Joseph Kesserling’s infectiously funny black comedy about two little-old-lady aunts who see killing as an act of charity. Good, macabre fun!
• Written by Joseph Kesselring
• Produced by Standing Room Only
• Directed by Nancy Hillman with Assistant Director Taylor Simpson and Stage Manager Chelsea Bunn
• Starring Andrew Helsing, Dawn Wadsworth, Guy Simpson III, Jeremy Chenvert, Jesse S. Geray, Joel Derefield, Kalen McCrea, Larry Vines-Haines, Megan Glaefke, Miro Bouchakian, Ron Alder, Stephen Fryer III, Warren Shaffer, Yvette O’Keefe.
March 2-25, 2017:
• Fridays at 7:30 p.m.: March 9, 16, 23
• Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.: March 10, 17, 24
• Sundays at 3 p.m.: March 11, 18, 25* Closing night
The Triad Theater
102 E Yelm Ave.
Yelm, WA 98597
• Adults: $20
• Military & Seniors: $17
• Youth (ages 5-18): $10
• Discounted tickets available for groups of 10 and larger: $15
Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
– A REVIEW
On first entering the theater, what stands-out is the vision involved in crafting this set. I am always amazed at the talent of our local volunteers who bring together such amazing transformations of The Triad’s stage, especially this one’s attention to detail. Co-Producer Dawn Young opened the show by welcoming the audience and so aptly described the varied talent in our community, along with recognizing the mix of familiar faces along with new performers to this SRO performance.
I was impressed with very strong performances by every cast member. There were four performers that literally “stole the show:” Yvette O’Keefe as Abby Brewster, Dawn Wadsworth as Martha Brewster, and Guy Simpson III as Jonathan Brewster. O’Keefe has a history with SRO both on-stage and behind the scenes, yet this role really allowed her talent to shine. Wadsworth is relatively new to the area, so this was her first SRO show, yet superb in holding her own. She and O’Keefe worked so well together that they were totally immersed in their roles as sisters and pulled that off flawlessly. I trust we’ll see more good parts for them in the future. Guy Simpson III is no stranger to the stage nor SRO, having performed since he was 5 years old and been in 25 shows. His commanding performance was all-encompassing, especially in the requirements in conveying this character properly. And number four: Jeremy Chenvert was absolutely spot-on as Teddy Brewster! I so enjoyed his 3 SRO performances last year and glad he returned in 2018, as he’s like fine wine – just gets better and better with experience.
Jesse Geray as Mortimer Brewster is always a treat to watch, having developed depth in articulating challenging roles, and this character stretched him even further. He is amazing. His character’s love interest was played by Megan Glaefke as Elaine Harper in her first major role with SRO, though was in other plays and on their crew. Glaefke was very poised in a smaller, yet supporting integral role and has a great future ahead – stay tuned!
Other favorites returning to SRO stages were Joel Deerfield as Lt. Rooney, Milo Bouchakian as Dr. Einstein and who I so enjoyed in 2017’s 12 Angry Men, Kalen McCrea as Officer Brophy, and Larry Vines-Haines as Mr. Gibbs. New to SRO were Warren Schaffer as Mr. Witherspoon, Ron Adler as Rev. Harper, Steven Fryer III as Officer O’Hara, and Andrew Hellsing as Officer Klein, all exceptional in adding to the show’s “color.”
Arsenic and Old Lace was first performed in Yelm in 1999 with Nancy Tribush Hillman’s production, and this 2018 show was under her superb, precise direction. Don’t miss this show’s return running March 2-25, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 3pm. Take the whole family ages 5 and up!
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