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Comedy classic “Arsenic and Old Lace” presented at Rockford’s Maddox Theatre

Wednesday, September 21, 2011  
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For immediate release – 9/21/11
Contact: Rockford College Box Office, 815-226-4100
Director of Communications Rita Elliott, 815-226-3374
Rockford, Ill. – The Rockford College Performing Arts Department proudly presents "Arsenic and Old Lace.” Performance dates are September 29–October 2, 2011. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday and 2:00 p.m.on Sunday. Please contact the box office for more information. All performances will take place at Clark Arts Center in Maddox Theatre.  

Written by Joseph Kesselring, this comedy classic kills with kindness. Spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster are devoted to charity and family. But they have taken on another project as well —befriending lonely older gentlemen and then poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. The New York Time wrote, "…so funny that none of us will ever forget it.”  

After having played 1,444 performances on stage a film adaptation was made directed by Frank Capra staring Carry Grant and became a Halloween film classic.         

Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $7, Students $7. Season subscribers get one ticket free. To order call the RC Box Office at 815-226-4100 Monday-Friday 1-5:00p.m. or email

This play is part of the college’s Forum Series. To see the Fall 2011 series line-up visit:
For more about the current theatre season visit

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