Rainy Day Guide: Theater Review

When the weather takes a turn for the worse and a beach day is out of the question, you’ll still be able to find a fun activity in Cape May County! Every town has something unique to offer and this is the perfect opportunity to explore places you may not have visited otherwise. This week, take the opportunity to visit one of the theater companies in Cape May County!

East Lynne Theater Company

“Summerland”
Now through July 20
Wednesday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

"Summerland" is another name for the afterlife, where there is no more pain or suffering. "It is my belief that the spirit of man is eternal, and free to communicate with the living," claimed photographer William Mumler.  He also claimed he could take pictures that captured both the living and the dead. In 1869, he had to prove his claim before the NYC Court of Special Sessions. The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents the NJ premiere of Arlitia Jones’s "Summerland:" only the third production ever of this provocative historical-fiction-mystery.

William H. Mumler is portrayed by Kyle Walton, Detective Tooker is portrayed by Jared Mason Murray, and Katherine Mumler is portrayed by Elisabeth Ness. Directed by Tom Byrn.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors, $20 for students and military, and free for ages 12. East Lynne Theater Company performs at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May. For information and reservations, call 609-884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org.

 

Cape May Stage

“Sylvia”
Now through August 2
Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

Cape May Stage has unleashed a howlingly funny and touching tale that takes the term “animal lover” to a whole other level. Sylvia gives audiences a clever paradox -- a classic love triangle of two females and a man with their divided loyalties and passions coupled with a not so classic love triangle of a man, his wife and his newly adopted dog. Or is it a man, his wife and his new fascination? While delighting audiences, this comedy explores desire and disappointment, refuge and redemption, wit and a good walk in the park.

There will be a Pay-What-You-Wish Performance on Sunday, July 14 and a Cast & Crew Talk-Back on Friday, July 19.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors (62+), and $25 for students and active military. Prices may vary by performance. Cape May Stage performs at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse, 405 Lafayette St., Cape May. For tickets and more information, visit www.capemaystage.org or call the box office at (609) 770-8311.