Magic on the stage as Broadway comes to life

THE night I attended ZPAC Theatre's current production of Arsenic and Old Lace, laughs were arriving faster than The Road Runner on speed.

There's magic on stage, with eleven quality actors treading the boards, taking the record-breaking Broadway play to heights rarely equalled.

Author Joseph Kesselring's kooky plot and macabre twisted humour have been superbly directed by Judith La Forrest and Stuart Waters.

My experience in theatre, as a reviewer, has taught me to listen to exit audience comments after a show.

I did, and heard an unqualified positive - 10 out of 10.

There are many highlights and star performances in Arsenic and Old Lace. However, be prepared to be mesmerised, amazed and charmed by Scott Commins as Jonathon.

Those of us old enough would remember the Hollywood version with the role was played by Ramond Massey.

Commins, belying his age, gives that acting icon a run for his money. Smouldering Wuthering Heights handsome, he's comparatively new to the ZPAC stage and brilliantly delivers an awesome presence and evil charisma.

He completes a star-studded cast with Judith La Forest, Lorraine Lee, Taylor Dunn, Stuart Waters, Jack McKeown, John Borg, Shane King, David Pearse, Dwayne Attrill and Gavin Bolderrow.

I've commented on those talented players in a preview a fortnight ago and, with not a single dropped line, this performance simply reinforces that.

The scenery, accessories and atmospheric lighting take audiences into a bizarre oxymoronic world - seriously funny, foreboding and fantastic.

With the enthusiastic reception given to Arsenic and Old Lace spreading, I'd advise intending patrons to hurry and book seats.

Front-of-house manager Christine Downie told me the show has six performances left. Phone Liane on 0418712636.


OCTOBER 30 and 31, and November 6 and 7, 7.30pm; November 1 at 2pm; November 8 (final show) at 2pm.

Tickets are available online at www.zpac (go to What's On and then the Book Now page) or on Friday mornings, 9am to 11am, at the theatre.

ZPAC Theatre is located on Zephyr St, Scarness.

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