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Cape May Summer Sneak Preview

Posted 5/19/08
by Sandy d’Shor

Cape May, NJ - You could begin with a frenetic production that features 37 characters and only one actor.

You might follow-up with a world premiere featuring the songs of a classic composer.

Then attend a theatrical debut by a local business owner and editor.

This summer, the Cape May theater line up offers an incredible variety of choices for both dyed-in-the-wool aficionados as well as for those just testing the waters when it comes to live performance at the shore.

Cape May Stage

Cape May Stage starts its season May 22 by unveiling the fully restored and renovated Robert Shackleton Playhouse. (see photo above.) The four year restoration has turned the 150 year old church into a state-of-the-art theater.

The professional Equity theater promises a “bigger, better and extra special" 20th anniversary season, beginning with the off beat comedy Fully Committed.

It's a wild and raucous ride through a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, a reservationist at the trendiest restaurant in town. The play's 37 characters including crazed publicists, obsessive chefs and dissatisfied patrons, are all played by the versatile and talented Tim Williams.

The one man show is directed by Cape May Stage’s Artistic director Michael Carlton.

In July and early August, Noel Coward fans can see the Cape May Stage version of Private Lives - the witty take on love, the second time around.

Doubt - A Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama - rounds out Cape May Stage's summer season in late August with the story of a nun's suspicions about a popular priest.

East Lynne Theater

East Lynne Theater Company flings open its doors on June 18th featuring a dynamic ensemble cast of seven performing the classic Broadway hit, You and I .

Although originally performed in the 20’s, the comedic plot still has significance. Maitland gave up painting to become a business man so his family could be financially secure. After the children are grown, do he and his wife finally get to do what they want to do?

Many of this successful company’s productions have either not been produced in over 75 years or are world premieres that haven’t been seen anywhere else.

The world premiere of All the Things You Are: The Music of Jerome Kern, revives the master of melody's tunes with New York City caberet performers during the last two weeks of July. You'll be humming the songs on the way home.

For the first time, magic will be part of East Lynne's summer line up. Magic by Robert Aberdeen has a short four day run at the end of July.

Devotees of the romantics era of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne get a chance to see East Lynne's revival of The Guardsman during the month of August. The romantic comedy was first produced on Broadway in the 1920's.

Gayle Stahlhuth continues as the company’s talented and energetic Artistic director.

The Chalfonte

In conjunction with East Lynne, The Chalfonte Hotel will be featuring a one woman production in late August featuring Cape May's own Susan Tishler.

Based on a 1916 publication called Mae Savell Croys Putnam’s Household Handbook, Tishler plays Ms. Croy in Helpful Hints. Join Ms.Croy as she expounds on everything from cleaning the stove and your clothes with kerosene to leaving your baby outside to cry “It’s good for their lungs. “

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