Arsenic and Old Lace Characters

Joseph Kesselring
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Abby and Martha Brewster

Abby and Martha Brewster are two sweet, elderly sisters in their mid-60s who have never married, and live together with their nephew Teddy – who they care for – in the family home in Brooklyn. They are loved by everyone in their neighborhood – including the local precinct police – and are always ready to help wherever they can. Early in Act One it is also revealed that they have poisoned 11 “gentlemen” – including one currently in the window seat – to put them out of their misery, and have had their nephew Teddy bury them in the basement.

Abby and Martha are continually together throughout almost the entire play, and often finish one another’s sentences. Abby is the braver of the two, and the more aggressive – particularly with her nephew Jonathan – while Martha is more clever, and is the one who concocted the formula they use to poison...

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