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Fall Entertainment in Cape May

Posted 9/06/08
by Sandy d’Shor

Cape May, NJ - Some say fall is the best time to be in Cape May. The crowds are gone, the days are sunny and the evenings offer a new round of entertainment possibilities.

As the weather cools over Cape Island, music, theater and film events start heating up.

DOUBT presented by the Cape May Stage Professional Equity Theater is a Pulitzer Prize winning play that also received the Tony Award . This controversial drama tells the story of a nun in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964 who suspects a popular priest of inappropriate behavior with a student. Hailed as “an eloquent and provocative investigation of truth and consequence” the play can be seen at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse in downtown Cape May.

East Lynne Theater Company continues its season with To the Ladies -an American Masterpiece .Written by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connely ,the charming comedy, originally performed on Broadway starred Helen Hayes in 1922. East Lynne has resurrected the production last seen in 1926 for Cape May audiences.

Kaufmann’s daughter Anne will be spending time in our fair city and will share memories of her father in an after show question and answer segment. This event was selected by the NJ State Council on the Arts as part of the American Masterpiece Series in New Jersey. A special presentation of the play on October 9th will be an American Sign Language performance.

East Lynne in conjunction with Aletheas restaurant will also offer a one night only Dinner nd Show purchased through the theater or the restaurant. The performance is titled Temperance Tantrums and is a hilarious spoof on Victorian conventions.

The Cape May Jazz Festival arrives November 7 and continues through Sunday November 9. The kick off includes a 16 piece band tribute to Maynard Ferguson Friday night. Internationally acclaimed high register trumpet player Jon Faddis will be featured. Saturday night brings back Pieces of a Dream. To fill out the weekend schedule are well known jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan and smooth jazz saxtress Pamela Williams. Many more illustrious musicians will perform in the three day event.

Also in November, The Cape May Film Society hosts the 8th Annual Film Festival. The event held Nov. 21st thru the 23rd will screen approximately 100 new films, including both shorts and features. This year, the winner of the screenplay competition will have his or her manuscript submission made into a film.
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