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GTG to stage ‘Arsenic’

A cast of award-winning local actors is now rehearsing the Geneva Theatre Guild’s production of “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which will be presented Oct. 21-23 at the Sons of Italy Lodge, 31 Prospect Ave., in Geneva.

Appearing as the lovable Brewster sisters, Abby and Martha, are Eleanor Stearns of Geneva and Richeen Smith of Canandaigua, respectively. Both have been honored by the Theatre Association of New York State and have performed at the State Theatre Festival.

Local favorites Dan Chacchia and Jason Hurdle, both of Geneva, will appear as Dr. Einstein and the nephew on the run from the law, Jonathan Brewster, respectively.

Making his first appearance on the stage is Mike Cutillo of Geneva, as Mortimer Brewster, the “other” nephew, who tries to bring sanity to the chaos. Tom Nichols of Waterloo, a newcomer to the Guild, charges about the stage as the nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt.

The cast also includes Debra Hodgeman of Phelps, as Mortimer’s fiancee, Elaine Harper; James Bero as Dr. Harper and Lt. Rooney; Jay Hanagan as Officer O’Hara; Geneva residents Richard Rhinevault, Paul Idziak and Brenton Stearns; and Hugh Mater of Newark. This production is directed by Ruth Legg of Geneva.

Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and Sons of Italy members, and are on sale in Geneva at Area Records, Don’s Own Flowers, the UPS Store and the Sons of Italy lodge; and in Seneca Falls at the Copy Shop. Tickets may also be purchased on line at

For details, call 789-1209.