Corpses in the cellar, clueless cops, sweet old ladies, long-lost brothers, crazy other brothers: This is the farcical frolic that is Arsenic and Old Lace at the Walnut Street Theatre. The Blacklist it's not, although there are plenty of serial killers on the scene.
A famous play written 75 years ago by a playwright nobody ever heard of (Joseph Kesselring) and made into an even more famous movie, Arsenic and Old Lace is a rom-com a la Keystone Kops, served with a large helping of vaudevillian chase scenes (rolling pins and all) and a sufficiency of uh-oh moments.
Charles Abbott directs a large cast of Philly faves, led by Mary Martello and Jane Ridley. Ben Dibble plays Teddy Brewster, who thinks he's Teddy Roosevelt and hollers "Bully!" from time to time. Damon Bonetti is his brother Mortimer, who just happens to be a drama critic (with all the foreseeable meta-jokes), and Jennie Eisenhower is his girlfriend. Dan Olmstead provides the scary stuff as the third brother, Jonathon.