No, but, the movie is hilarious. I've seen it a number of times and love watching it. A young Cary Grant stars in it with his two old spinster aunts who kill lonely old men and bury them in the basement. Get the movie, especially if you like old black and whites.The movie also stars Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre, made in 1944.
My sister auditioned for that part and got one of the main roles (one of the sisters). Is this for a school play? If so, I don't think you need a monologue. The director will probably just ask you to read some lines from the script (which is what my sister did).
Ask ahead if you need to have a monologue for the audition.
I will ask my sister what she recommends and I will update this answer after I get a hold of her.
You should be able to find the movie without too much difficulty - and it's close enough to the play to give you an idea. Anyway, Elaine is a girl in her early 20s who lives with her widowed father, the Reverend Doctor Harper, next door to the Brewster house. The two Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, have a nephew called Mortimer, who is Elaine's boyfriend - and early in the play she gets engaged to him (the film differs in that she's engaged to him from the word go). She's attractive, is pretty feisty, particularly for a girl of that period; knows her own mind and is a strong character. She has some great scenes with Mort and while she's not in that many scenes in the play, she does play an important part.
I really need a monologue from Arsenic and Old Lace, do you know one?
There aren't really any monologues in Arsenic and Old Lace; the only character that has anything resembling one is O'Hara, the bumbling policeman, when he's telling the story of the play that he's writing.
Good Monologues for Trying out for Arsenic and Old Lace.?
Since the play you're auditioning for is a great example of "Americana" (classic American comedy of the 30s-40s), I would look to other plays of that genre for audition material. Here are a few you should look into:
"The Philadelphia Story"
"The Man Who Came to Dinner"
"You Can't Take it With You"
Does someone know a lot about Arsenic and Old Lace?
I've never seen you, but I'll bet you're not too skinny to play Teddy. Teddy would be a lot of fun.
There's the homicidal maniac and his assistant. Whenever I think of the maniac I see Peter Lori playing the part. His voice was something else. Build would have nothing to do with either part. The assistant is sort of like Renfield in the Dracula story.
There is a police officer, I think I remember his name as being Brophy. He gets drunk in Act III. He is the stereotypical Irish cop of the 30s and 40s.
Go for Teddy or the maniac. They would be a kick. Mortimer spends a lot of time panicing, but don't sell yourself short.
My school is performing Arsenic and old lace and i need some information...?
I know it premiered January 10, 1941. Ive never even heard of this show so I googled and this is what I found.
From memory, our "aunts" had three costumes each - two "day" costumes and the funeral outfits. You could get away with one less day dress each if they're dressed the same in Act 3 as they were in Act 1, but it's the next day and so chances are they'd have different clothes on.
List of good old movies like Arsenic and Old Lace and Harvey etc..?
I really love those kinds of movies. here are some other ones like those that I really like:
It Happened One Night
Some Like It Hot
The Seven Year Itch
the Marx Bros movies--A Night at the Opera, Animal Crackers,
The Thin Man
The Odd Couple
The Philadelphia Story
Does anyone know where I can find arsenic and old lace online to read?
The text of Joseph Kesselring's play 'Arsenic and Old Lace' is not available for free online. A summary, essays, quotes, and pictures of the play, can be found at :
eBay seems to offering printed copies of the text, at discount prices.
Watch tv and Google to get ideas. Google's great.
If you don't have anything between the two closets, personally I would go to a reeeeeally cheap resale shop to buy elderly-looking clothes. We have Value Village here that totally has dresses and old shoes/hats/jewelry that cost like $2.00.
Is there any footage of Boris Karloff playing "Johnny" in Arsenic and Old Lace?
Only thing I can find with Boris Karloff and the Arsenic and old lace was a silly rip off.
The Boogie Man Will Get You
Opened October 22, 1942
Visit the link below and look up that movie, Other then that I see no other references.
How would you describe Officer O Hara from Arsenic and Old Lace?
I wouldn't emulate the film at all. Don't watch it anymore. You can come up with your own spin on the character to make him likable and believable. I have seen versions of the play where the performers had obviously watched the film, and were trying to copy it.
The level of accent will be up to you and the director. You could use some dialect tapes to help with the accent development. Then mark in the script the sound changes to help you remember. Or does he have to have one at all?
Anyway, make the most of your scenes. It always boils down to "what does your character need from the others in the scene?" Write out a character bio.
With a part like that, a memorable mannerism or a unique prop/ costume piece can assist in your characterization.
Most of all, have fun. It's an enjoyable play.
I need to find the script for the play Arsenic and Old Lace. Where would I look for it at?
Samuel French should have it:
Purchase it from them online at the below website, I buy scripts from them: www.samuelfrench.com
You can also purchase it any store that sells scripts and anything related to theater.
In Arsenic and Old Lace, what instrument or whatever does Teddy play?
Teddy, believing he's Teddy Roosevelt, loves to sound his bugle and charge up the stairs as if they were San Juan Hill.He also blows the bugle when making official proclamations and at official duties.
John Alexander, who created the role of Teddy, and played him in the film version, made sure that his bugle-blowing sounded completely awful--no wonder the neighbors complained!
Would Mr. Witherspoon from Arsenic and Old Lace be considered a minor role or a walk on role?
Mr. Gibbs would be, in my mind, considered a walk on role.
Mr. Witherspoon provides crucial plot related information and is also part of the big pay off at the end of the play. I would say a minor role.
Where can I find muisic for the play "Arsenic And Old Lace"?
If I remember correctly (and it's been almost 11 years), when we did this show in high school, we played Mozart's "Rondo alla Turca" during intermission and the curtain call. It's a lively piece and fit with the mood of the show. :)
How many lines do arsenic and old lace characters have?
Abby and Martha probably have the most lines, followed by Mortimer. Jonathan, Doctor Einstein and O'Hara are next, then Elaine, Brophy, Klein, Rooney and Teddy (Teddy is onstage a fair bit but doesn't say much!). Witherspoon, Gibbs and Dr Harper have the fewest lines.
what are the themes of the play arsenic and old lace?
The theme of charity is satirized in the play. The Brewster sisters appear to be quite altruistic, providing help when needed for their neighbors as well as opening their door to strangers. They make soup for the sick, serve tea and cakes for the preacher and police officers, collect toys for needy children, and provide lodging for lonely old men. They must be the right kind of men though. The sisters have their own rules about how far their charity will extend.
They do not, for example, want to think about the devastation of the war in Europe, which to them has become inconvenient because it may cause them to use "that imitation flour again" as did the first world war. Also, the war involves foreigners, who are not acceptable to the sisters. They prefer "good" American Christians, more specifically Episcopalians. Methodists like Mr. Hoskins are welcomed into their homes, but only because the sisters are so "charitable." Their own nephew Jonathan is not welcomed because his behavior throughout his life has been undesirable.
Of course, the greatest problem with the sisters' charitable activities is the fact that they have murdered eleven of the lonely men who have come to their home looking for lodging. They determine that they know best what these men need, and that only through death and a good Christian service at their burial will they find the peace they deserve. The sisters, however, make the end as painless as possible as they poison the men with elderberry wine tainted with arsenic. They are pleased with the fact that one of the men actually praised the wine right before he expired.
The audience, along with Mortimer, soon learns that the sisters are as insane as the obviously deranged Teddy, who thinks that he is Teddy Roosevelt and so continually blows a bugle and charges up the staircase as if it were San Juan Hill. Because the sisters do not display such obvious outward signs, no one in the neighborhood believes Jonathan's claims that there are twelve bodies buried in the basement. Mortimer also has difficulty believing that his aunts were responsible for the body in the window seat, blaming it instead on Teddy, until the aunts admit their responsibility.
They handle the fact that they have just committed murder quite nonchalantly, with a cool remonstration to Mortimer to "forget you ever saw the gentleman." They find their actions perfectly justifiable and so go about their daily schedule. When Mortimer suggests that they did not tell the Reverend Harper about Mr. Hoskins because they felt guilty, they insist that the only reason they hid him was because it "would not be very nice" for the Reverend to view a body at tea. Abby adds, "I do think Martha and I have the right to our own little secrets."
Insanity runs in the family, as evidenced by reports of Teddy's grandfather, a physician who made a fortune developing medicines that he tried out, sometimes with devastating results, on his patients. Jonathan also has the family curse, having killed twelve men and threatening to kill Mortimer by torturing him. He insists that his last murder was justified since the victim accused him of looking like Boris Karloff after Dr. Einstein had botched his reconstructive surgery. This genetic defect causes Mortimer to insist that he cannot marry Elaine until, to his immense relief, the aunts tell him that he is adopted.
Kesselring also satirizes the conventions of the theater as well as those who critique it. The art of the theater reflects life only in the most absurd situations in this play. The farcical nature of the action ironically reinforces Mortimer's claims that the theater does not reflect reality, but it certainly does provide good entertainment. This point is well proven during the absurd situation Mortimer finds himself in as he describes the plot of a play he has recently seen. He tells Jonathan and Dr. Einstein, who are trying to come up with a way to subdue Mortimer so that they can torture and kill him, exactly how the murderer captures the hero. Insisting that the characterizations reveal no imagination or any reflection of reality, Mortimer is blind to the fact that he is in the exact same situation as the play's hero and has just given his brother the perfect method to carry out his murderous intentions.
Kesselring effectively satirizes the arrogance of theater critics in his portrayal of Mortimer who insists that he is always disappointed by the uninspired plays he is forced to review. He receives his comeuppance not only by providing Jonathan with a successful method to set him up for murder, but also as he is forced to listen all night to Officer O'Hara's tedious summary of the play that he has written.
Hope these 3 themes help somewhat, I love this play hope you did too. :)
If they were to remake "Arsenic and Old Lace," what actors would be good playing the principal roles?
Mortimer - Crispin Glover or Paul Bettany.
The Aunts - Betty White, definitely. And perhaps Debbie Reynolds...
Jonathan - Johnny Depp
Dr. Einstein - Timothy Spall
Elaine - Jennifer Aniston
I really like watching old classics, and then wondering about things like 21st century remakes and who would star in them. Of course, some classics cannot be remade (i.e. Gone With The Wind), but it's still fun to see who would become the modernized versions of the characters. :)
What does the phrase OLD LACE in Arsenic and Old Lace mean?
Some think it refers to the ladies age.
But others say it is a turn on the saying lavender and old lace. How much of a reference to the play/novel, I'm not sure. But in the vernacular lavender and old lace came to reference the gentility of (usually) a widowed or unmarried spinster. Her home being over-decorated with touches of lace doilies, lace curtains, (lavendar) flowers in vases. So, in this situation, the two spinster sisters have the touches of the overdecorated home, but the lavender has been replaced with arsenic in the wine.
What does the phrase OLD LACE in Arsenic and old lace mean?
In those days, arsenic poisoning was quite 'popular' as used in the fiction books. Arsenic was administered usually by 'lacing' it on the food - meaning, it was 'coated' on the food like meat or sweets to disguise its taste.
I would like to suggest that perhaps it means 'the old fashioned way' of administering arsenic into the food with the intention to kill someone.
If The Crucible and Arsenic and Old Lace were playing at the two different theaters?
I do love Arsenic, and it is to me a better show. But you are slightly wrong, it is everyday that Arsenic is produced. You can find it all the time. But not Crucible. I would say see the first, the second one will be back soon.
Arsenic & Old Lace : Anyone remember the movie and the names of the characters and the actors?
No, I don't remember, It was before I was born.
But I did look it up as I do most things, I want my answers to be as accurate as possible.
It was written in 1939.
Capra actually filmed the movie in 1941, but it was not released until 1944, after the original stage version had finished its run on Broadway.
This is Film Cast
Cary Grant Mortimer Brewster
Josephine Hull Aunt Abby Brewster
Jean Adair Aunt Martha Brewster
Raymond Massey Jonathan Brewster
Peter Lorre Dr. Herman Einstein
Priscilla Lane Elaine Harper Brewster
John Alexander Teddy "Roosevelt" Brewster
Jack Carson Officer Patrick O'Hara
John Ridgely Officer Sanders
Edward McNamara Police Sgt. Brophy
James Gleason Police Lt. Rooney
Edward Everett Horton Mr. Witherspoon
Veteran character actor Charles Lane appears as a photographer at City Hall trying to get a picture of Mortimer Brewster getting a marriage license at the beginning of the film.