It has all the makings of perfect summer entertainment: romance, plastic surgery, thugs, mercy killings and bastards. Arsenic and Old Lace ran for 1,444 hysterical performances on Broadway during WWII, when the nation was obviously keen to find something funny about death. Frank Capra's follow-up movie starring Cary Grant is still popular on the nostalgia cinema circuit. Now, when we're in need of some Iraq War therapy, Arsenic starts a 3-week run Friday on the main stage at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. Even the most politically correct fan will forgive the little old Brewster spinsters for serial murder--their motives and methods are sweet as elderberry wine. And it's one of the few PG-rated plays where the whole family can enjoy finding out who the real bastard is. Call 817-275-7661 or visit theatrearlington.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 3. Continues through Aug. 26