Rainy Day Guide: Theater Review

The father of literature, William Shakespeare, once wrote, “All the world’s a stage,” in his comedy “As You Like It.” But on a dreary Cape May County day, why not check out the indoor stages of talented local theater companies? When skies aren’t blue, let the latest shows from Cape May’s theater companies impress you.

East Lynne Theater Company

“Arsenic and Old Lace”
July 25 through Sept. 1
Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.

Murder! Mayhem! Madcap fun! Meet the Brewsters! Two charming sisters live in the family home in Brooklyn, offering rooms to rent,while populating their cellar with the remains of “acceptable” lodgers. The nephew who lives with them thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, another nephew has a criminal record and is on the run, and the third nephew is a Broadway theater critic who is recently engaged to a lovely young woman. Written by Joseph Kesselring, this 1941 Broadway comedy hit is family entertainment at its looniest! Directed by Gayle Stahlhuth with Assistant Director Robert LeMaire. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for seniors (65+), $20 for students and military, and free for ages 12 and under. East Lynne Theater Company performs at the First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May. For tickets and more information, visit eastlynnetheater.org or call (609) 884-5898.


Cape May Stage

“The Lion in Winter”
Aug. 8 through Sept. 14
Tuesday through Sunday at 8 p.m.

It’s Christmas 1183 and sibling rivalry, adultery and intrigue abound in this modern day classic that chronicles the personal and political conflicts of Henry II, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine and their children as they all stake their claim for the throne. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Aug. 8: Best Value Preview; Aug. 9: Official Opening Night with Party; Aug. 26: Best Value Night; Sept. 9: Pay-What-You-Wish Performance.

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.