Shows to see this weekend: WhAT presents ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

It’s homecoming weekend at Syracuse University, and that means two things: tons of people and tons of things to do.

For the artsy among us, there’s a campus organization called Warehouse Architecture Theater (WhAT) performing the classic dark comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” on Friday and Saturday.

According to its website, “WhAT was originally created in order to give architecture students who missed the joys of theater and performances an opportunity to perform around their difficult schedule. This concept has now grown to include non-architecture students who are also quite busy and the group serves to provide a bridge for students in all majors to interact more with the city of Syracuse.”

WhAT aims to perform one play per semester, and this time it’s “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 play-turned-film that catapulted Cary Grant to comedic fame.

It follows the story of Mortimer Brewster, a dramatic critic and nephew to the spinster Brewster sisters in Brooklyn, NY. Throughout the play, Brewster struggles to keep his promise of marriage to a sweet young woman while dealing with insane relatives, neighborhood cops and ultimately, murder.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” may be one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen – and tickets are more than affordable.

Skip Netflix this weekend and visit WhAT in Slocum Hall for “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

Friday, November 11 @ 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 12 @ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Slocum Auditorium in Slocum Hall

Tickets $3, available at the Schine Box Office.

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