Have you ever had an entire section of your life that just went missing? Well this is mine. Not missing, exactly; just very fuzzy. I was cast here as Jonathan Brewster, the evil brother of nice guy Mortimer. Now, if you're familiar with the original Broadway play you may know that this part was played by Boris Karloff. It's actually written into the play that Dr. Einstein (no, not that one!) performed plastic surgery on Jonathan to make him look like Karloff. So generally the part calls for someone tall, imposing, and menacing. In other words, at five-foot-eight, I was horribly miscast. Between you and me I'd have loved to play Teddy. That's OK, we make do.
aka "Dr. Einstein"
As always, the rest of the casting was excellent; especially Tim Hill as the quirky plastic surgeon, "Dr. Einstein". In the movie this was played by Peter Lorre, to whom Tim has a passing resemblence when he tries. In any case, he had the character down.
Arsenic & Old Lace was performed as a dinner theatre production which played at the RAF Croughton All-Ranks Club, and again at the RAF Croughton High School. My most outstanding recollection was having to improvise a two-minute soliloquy because "Mortimer" had missed a cue. I'm quite sure it wasn't two minutes, but time does lag when you're up there alone. Otherwise, Jai's timing was perfect, I must say. The look on his face when, bound and gagged, he watched as "Mortimer" pulls out the surgical kit was simply priceless (where did Tim find a knife that big, anyway?) This is one of my favorite plays, and I'm happy to have been involved with this production.
Cast of Characters
|Abbey Brewster:||Deston Lee|
|Reverend Dr. Harper:||Thomas Mendonca|
|Teddy Brewster:||Bill Lee|
|Officer Brophy:||Yvette Jameison|
|Officer Klein:||Dan Wieck|
|Martha Brewster:||Janice Gerdes|
|Elaine Harper:||Laurie Ayers|
|Mortimer Brewster:||Jai McNally|
|Jonathan Brewster:||David Leigh|
|Dr. Einstein:||Tim Hill (later, Chuck Tipton)|
|Mrs. Gibbs:||Jeanette Young|
|Officer O'Hara:||Terry Hauser|
|Lt. Rooney:||Thomas Mendonca|
|Miss Witherspoon:||Zandra Wiegman|
|Director/Producer:||William J. Lee|