Step into my den, pull up a comfy chair and a cup of tea and let’s chat.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a hit! I was thoroughly entertained at their opening night and heard much loud, hilarious laughter come from the audience. In fact, there were some scenes of this 1941 play that were so funny, the laughter just kept coming. Not only is their lead actor, Doug Luman, who plays Mortimer, a fine actor and plays his part to the hilt, but two comics steal the show. Bill Meehan as Officer Joe O’Hara does a great Italian cop who won’t take no for an answer in pitching his play to Mortimer. At a point in the play that could have been tedious, he keeps you in stitches.
And Jim Guinee who plays the crazy Dr. Einstein to the hilt — even falling in and out of the hide-away for the dead bodies and making you believe he is really scared to be discovered — is superb. Do you suppose his experience as a psychologist and professor at UCA has anything to do with his role?
Devin Sims plays his character parts well with different accents for both really funny people.
The two Brewster sisters, who non-chalantly poison poor, lonely men and then brag about it, tippy-toe around the stage and are a delight.
All in all, this is a don’t-miss show. Go to www.faulkneracademyofarts.org or call 501-339-7401 for tickets.
I finally got to the bottom of opening dates for two major improvements in Greenbrier. Baptist Health’s new building is about two months away from opening, not one month as I reported last week.
The Greenbrier Family Clinic, now located behind McDonald’s, is planning on closing Sept. 12 for moving weekend to open around Sept. 15 — no set date yet for a grand opening, but I’m sure we will hear about the big news soon.
I also visited with Jim Henchel, the construction supervisor on the Walmart Neighborhood Market project. Although the building is under roof now, there is still much to be done. This 42,000-square-foot building will have approximately 180 parking spaces on the grounds with three egress roads — two to Highway 65 and one to Green Valley Road. The building will house a pharmacy and deli department inside, as well as grocery, frozen and produce departments. They will have a drive-thru for the pharmacy. Their opening is tentatively planned for the second week of October. Stay tuned.
’Til next time...
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