Genre: Comedy
Written by Joseph Kesselring, Directed by Lawrence Lesher

Queens Shakespeare Inc. presents Joseph Kesselring's classic comedy/thriller/farce revolving around Mortimer Brewster, a theater-hating drama critic who must deal with his crazy, homicidal family and local police in Brooklyn, NY, as he debates whether to go through with his recent promise to marry the woman he loves. His family includes two spinster aunts who have taken to murdering lonely old men by poisoning them with a glass of home-made elderberry wine laced with arsenic, strychnine, and "just a pinch" of cyanide; a brother who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar of the Brewster home (which then serve as graves for the aunts' victims); and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an alcoholic accomplice, Dr. Einstein to conceal his identity and now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.

About the Company: Queens Shakespeare, Inc.

Founded in 2005, Queens Shakespeare is a blend of professional and educational theatre which produces 2 full-length classical plays each year in Queens County, New York. The aim of the company is to engage the entire community in its theatrical projects with professional actors in leading roles who will act as mentors for both students and community members


Cast: Nanette Asher, Thom Brown III, Jonathan Emerson, Matthew Harris, Brendon Hunt, Meg Mark, Danny Mittermeyer, Greg Mocker, Sean Macbride Murray, Bill Rapp
Open:   02/26/09
Close:   03/08/09

Thursday, February 26th at 7:30PM
Friday, February 27th at 1:00PM and 7:30PM
Saturday, February 28th at 7:30PM
Sunday, March 1st at 6:00PM
Thursday, March 5th at 7:30PM
Friday, March 6th at 7:30PM
Saturday, March 7th at 7:30PM
Sunday, March 8th at 6:00PM
Theater:   Bowne Street Community Church
Address:   143-11 Roosevelt Ave in Flushing
Flushing, NY
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2 blocks from the Main St. Station of the 7 traiin, three blocks from the LIRR Main St. Station, and has parking on site.

Cost:$15 general admission; $10 for students and seniors
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Company: Queens Shakespeare, Inc.         Official Web Site:
Timothy J Cox Dr. Herman Einstein

TIMOTHY J. COX New York Stage: Avenue of the Americas (Cantwell/Newsom Productions), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It (The Secret Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing and Arsenic and Old Lace (Queens Shakespeare), Measure for Measure and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (The Astoria Performing Arts Center), Jack Kerouac – Last Call, A Soldier’s Death and The Cat and the Moon (13th Street Repertory). Regional credits include everything from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. Film: Socks and Cakes (Kimistra Films), Over Coffee (A Studio In Production), The Watchers (Two Man Crew Productions) and The Beachcomber (A Studio In Production) AFTRA and AEA. Website:


Pauline Walsh Martha Brewster
Pauline has been acting forever. Her last appearance at Center Stage Playhouse was in the production PICNIC. She enjoys a good script in the company of directors with vision and actors with heart. She seeks parts of "characters" that bring out the ideosyncrasies of life in the context of events that effect everyone. Center Stage satisfies it all.