Reviews coming in for ELTC’s “Huck Finn” and “Tales” features “Leach Diaries”

The award-winning East Lynne Theater Company’s world premiere based on Mark Twain’s classic “Huckleberry Finn” opened with a full house and well-deserved standing ovation, and continues through September 5, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30p.m. As Huck and Jim travel down the Mississippi, they meet characters like Duke (Samuel Douglas Clark) and King (Thomas Raniszewski), seen here performing Shakespeare.

Highlights from Tom Sims’ review for “Exit Zero:” “With James Rana’s skillful writing and masterful direction from Gayle Stahlhuth, the story and its spirit come to life. The cast works together beautifully as they take on varied roles. It’s certainly a trip worth taking!”

Location: The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St. in Cape May. Tickets: $30; $25 for seniors (age 62+); $15 for full-time students and military (active/retired).

Our 26th year of “Tales of the Victorians” continues on Thursdays at The Chalfonte Hotel on August 13 and on August 20 at the Leach House, 1011 Lafayette St., where ELTC presents “The Leach Diaries.” Experience 1870-1873 Cape May and Philadelphia as seen through the eyes of young Frank Leach. Based on diaries of a friend of Emlen Physick, these excerpts were adapted by Stahlhuth and first produced in 2002. Join us as Lee O’Connor, James Rana and Stahlhuth perform “The Leach Diaries” (script-in-hand) where Frank Leach lived. Refreshments will be served. Tickets $10, paid at the door.

For both events, ages 12 and under are free. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 609-884-5898, e-mail, or go to