Mortimer Brewster comes from an unusual clan. His brother thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and his great-grandfather liked to scalp Indians.

Despite that, he’s living a normal life. He works at a New York newspaper and has recently become engaged. He’s looking forward to visiting his sweet spinster aunts to share his good news.

Then he figures out the aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years.

That sounds farcical — and maybe familiar — and it is. Mortimer’s story is told in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a 1939 black comedy that’s been a staple for community theaters for years.

It opens at the Bellevue Little Theatre on Friday as part of the theater’s 50th season. Todd Uhrmacher is the director and the costume designer for the show.

Veteran area actors Lois Nemec and Ruth Rath play the dotty aunts, and Frank Hupp is their nephew. Other cast members include Mark Kocsis, Tim Barr, Justin Eller, Kim Alger, Gene Hinkle, Dean Matuszewski, Giovanni Quesada, Ron Chvala and Paige Cotignola.

Betsie covers a little bit of everything for The World-Herald's Living section, including theater, religion and anything else that might need attention. Phone: 402-444-1267.

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