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David Watson portrays scene-stealing Teddy Roosevelt Brewster in CFABS’ ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’


Teddy Roosevelt COn stage now in the Hinman Auditorium is the CFABS Community Players’ production of Joseph Kesselring’s classic comedy noir Arsenic & Old Lace. The play revolves around two kindly old aunts who are happily engaged in the philanthropic pursuit of dispensing poisoned elderberry wine to lonely old gents who come calling looking for a room to rent in the Brewster boarding house. Their nephew, Teddy, disposes of the bodies not in the cemetery adjoining their Teddy Roosevelt Hhome, but in the basement. You see, Teddy believes himself to be President Teddy Roosevelt, and when he’s not leading charges up San Juan Hill (a/k/a the staircase to his second floor room), signing secret pacts or blowing his bugle, he is digging locks for the Panama Canal in the basement, where he inters his aunts’ victims of Yellow Fever.

This plum part is played by Davis Watson, and he steals every single scene in which he appears. David is proud to be making his debut on the CFABS stage, and from the look on his face, he is clearly enjoying and Teddy Roosevelt Jmaking the most of his role as the illustrious Spanish-American War hero and African big game hunter. David makes the trek from Port Charlotte, where he can often be seen in shows staged by the Charlotte Players. He has worked with director Gary Obeldobel a few times before, most recently as Bernard in Boeing Boeing and a few years ago as the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz.

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Published March 14, 2016.

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