|Mary Ann Tweedie and Cynthia Tupper are a killer combo as the Brewster sisters.|
In the Farmington Players’ production of Arsenic and Old Lace, Cynthia Tupper and Mary Ann Tweedie reunite onstage as the sweet-but-sinister sisters, and this killer combination is critical to the show’s success. Cynthia describes her character Abby Brewster, the older sister and the brains of the operation, as “velvet covered steel. Outwardly sweet, charitable and loveable, but she is not easily intimidated and knows how to get her own way. She literally will kill you with kindness, while you are sipping her deadly elderberry wine.” Mary Anne plays her sister Martha Brewster and together they conspire to put lonely old men out of their misery.
As Cynthia says, “the chemistry between the sisters is crucial.” Tupper and Tweedie’s 25-year friendship began when they appeared as Florence & Olive in the female Odd Couple. More recently, they reprised their little old lady pairing as the two grandmas in Over the River. Cynthia knows that audiences will love Arsenic and Old Lace because it is “purely escapist entertainment” that has “endured due to its excellent comedic writing and revealing that most people are never what they seem on the surface. The play takes that premise to the extreme with a sweetness and sincerity that is a hallmark of the 1940's screwball comedies.”
Cynthia enjoys working with first-time director Kristi Schwartz, saying, “All of her teaching skills transition perfectly. Besides being one of the most organized people I know, she has the ability to always stay positive when giving her acting critiques. Before we began rehearsals on stage she gave the cast her overall vision for the show and the characters.” And even if you’ve seen Arsenic before, “there have been a couple of twists added in the staging and the ending moments of the show that make this production unique.”
Cynthia calls Farmington Hills home and theater has been her hobby since grade school. As a Barn member for over 30 years, her credits are too numerous to list, but she is most proud of costuming over 60 shows at the Barn: “I love working on period shows from the 30's, 40's and 50's to make sure they are historically accurate.” She is currently a freelance designer making custom and production samples and patterns.
The Farmington Players' production of Arsenic and Old Lace opens September 26 and runs through October 18. The show is proudly sponsored by Mall, Malisow & Cooney, P.C.). Tickets can be purchased online at www.farmingtonplayers.org or by calling the box office at 248-553-2955.