Time and a lace for enduring comedy

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BLACK comedy Arsenic And Old Lace is the first 2011 offering from The Company at Sheffield University Drama Studio.

Joseph Kesselring’s farcical work – playing next Wednesday to Saturday - centres on theatre critic Mortimer Brewster and his crazy, homicidal family.

While he debates whether to marry the woman he loves, he discovers his two sweet old spinster aunts have taken to murdering lonely old men.

With the addition of a brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, another who looks like Boris Karloff, a motley crew of policemen and a plastic surgeon called Dr Einstein, this is a noted farce that guarantees laughs, directed by Alan Wade, previously in the chair for The Importance Of Being Earnest in 2008.

Tickets via www.thecompanysheffield.co.uk or by telephoning the box office on (0114) 201 0090.

Before then, Tuesday sees the first of a Rep Season of plays at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre, in association with Tabs Productions, Rumpus Theatre Company and talking Scarlet.

First up is Taking Steps, Alan Ayckbourn’s ingenious and hilariously original farce, which runs until Saturday.

Following that you can see Peter Shaffer’s Equus, in which a 17-year-old boy blinds five horses with a metal spike (Feb 15-19); The Diary Of Anne Frank (Feb 22-26); Wife Begins At 40 (March 1-5); and The Chosen Ones, a world Premiere for Philip Gladwin’s disturbing thriller (March 8-12).