REED CITY — Area residents are invited to a live production filled with entertainment, humor and mystery. The Crossroads Theatre Guild in Reed City is presenting “Arsenic and Old Lace,” a classic play written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Morgan LaVere.

The play, written in 1940, tells the story of writer Mortimer Brewster, who married the girl next door. When the couple returns from their honeymoon, Brewster finds a corpse hidden in a window seat. With two murderous elderly aunts and a homicidal brother, the play is full of twists and turns.

“The play features two old ladies who mercy kill lonely old men by wooing them into their home and killing them,” said LaVere. “Because of their age, people don’t suspect the elderly sisters. This play has been been shown all over the world and is one of the most popular plays of all time.”

The showings are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, Saturday, Sept. 22, Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29. It also will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 30, at Crossroads Theatre Guild, 249 W. Upton, Reed City. Tickets are $10.

“This is the first time we are performing this play, and it has been wonderful and fun working with a 14-member cast. We have members of the Cadillac Footliters Community Theater as guest actors in the show,” LaVere added.