When the mind was a stage—Arsenic and Old Lace: The Radio Play


Travel back to the 1940’s and experience the inner workings of a radio theater broadcast: when the mind was a stage. Naperville North’s theater department is performing its 4th annual radio show, Arsenic and Old Lace.

Arsenic and Old Lace is a dark comedy involving Mortimer Brewster, a successful man who has a large and strange family. Things take a turn when he discovers that his aunts have been lacing wine with arsenic and giving it to lonely old men for years. From there, the play takes some hilarious twists and turns. 

Gabby Chinnici, a freshman in the voice actor ensemble, thinks the staff and students of North should see the radio show because of its unique setup and tech production.

“This play in particular stands out from the rest at North because the orchestra and foley crew is on stage as well as the voice actors,” Chinnici said. “There’s something really cool about it when it comes together.” 

Arsenic and Old Lace will be showing this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NPAC. Student tickets are $5 online or $6 at the ticket offices before showings.

Editor’s note: A Nov. 15 story on the school radio play had several errors, including the year of one of the participants and the number of years the radio show has been produced. The story has since been updated.