Sherlock Holmes and the Roaring Twenties: Two Events at East Lynne Theater Company

Marty McDonough and Jennie Bissell with James Rana in ELTC’s “Strictly Dishonorable.” Photo Credit: Gayle Stahlhuth

“Mr. Holmes, I am under such a strain that I shall go mad,” said Enid to Sherlock Holmes. Thus begins a race against time for the master detective to stop bizarre murders in a country manor.

Before television, families gathered around the radio. Performed “radio-style” with live sound effects and commercials, the award-winning East Lynne Theater Company presents “Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Speckled Band” on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m., with two school matinees on Nov. 7.

The adaptation by Craig Wichman is based on the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The cast includes Lee O’Connor, Fred Velde, Marty McDonough, Susan Tischler, Gayle Stahlhuth and Rob LeMaire.

Performances are at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St. Tickets are $27, and $17 for students/military; ages 12 and under are free.

On Monday, Nov. 6, ELTC celebrates “The Roaring Twenties” with dinner and a show in a speakeasy atmosphere at Aleathea’s Restaurant, 7 Ocean St. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Mark Edward Lang portrays the speakeasy’s manager, assisted by Rob LeMaire. Live music is provided by Chris Sooy and Lew London, with Jennie Bissell and Jared Noah Aronoff performing favorites from the era.

The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. There is also a silent auction and the raffle for the Great Escape Vacation (tickets may be purchased in advance), and the recipient of the ELTC Scholarship is announced. Cost is $75.

For reservations and more information, call (609) 884-5898 or visit