Though everyone seems to have a crazy aunt in the family tree, how many of them actually engaged in a little homicide to pass the time? And though many families have skeletons in the closet, how many of them have a graveyard in the cellar, with more getting planted every day? If so, I doubt many of them have elicited this many laughs.

Playwright Joseph Kesselring’s work reached greatest fame as a Frank Capra film starring Cary Grant, but before that it was a stage hit that enjoyed an initial run of 1,444 performances. It’s been translated into several languages and enjoyed major revivals in every decade since it made its debut before World War II. Talk about hard to kill!

Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. Cash and local checks accepted.

For more info, call 251-457-8887 or go to

Arsenic and Old Lace
Where: Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St., Chickasaw)
When: April 4-6