|Yeah, you think I'm joking...|
This evening we went to the historic Virginia Theater (pressed tin ceiling and all) to watch a local theatrical production of Arsenic and Old Lace. It was surprisingly good for a local theater production. (That sounds like damning with faint praise, but I hope you know what I mean -- community theater can vary drastically in quality from place to place.) Surprisingly, the standout actor wasn't the lead who played Mortimer Brewster, though he wasn't half bad. The best of the lot was Chris Brunt, the actor who played his brother Jonathan. He gave the character a reading I've never seen before, much more Ted Bundy than Boris Karloff -- capable of being externally charming, but also primed to turn violent at a moment's notice. It made the character, and the performance, that much more interesting to watch.