WILLIAMSVILLE >> The Rock River Players' summer season slated for Aug. 18 to 28 features two summer-worthy plays to be played in repertory, "On Golden Pond," directed by Cris Parker-Jennings, and "Arsenic and Old Lace," directed by Sara Vitale.
"On Golden Pond" is a 1979 play by Ernest Thompson. The plot focuses on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer, who spend each summer at their home on Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage.
"Arsenic and Old Lace," by Joseph Kesselring, is a farcical black comedy revolving around the Brewster family, descended from the "Mayflower," but now composed of insane homicidal maniacs. The hero, Mortimer, is a drama critic who must deal with his crazy family and local police in Brooklyn, 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; a brother who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and a murderous brother who has received plastic surgery performed by an accomplice, Dr. Einstein, to conceal his identity, and who now looks like horror-film actor Boris Karloff.