Bumped Off & Bottoms Up

Enjoy a three-course dinner and watch as the mystery and drama unfold around you during “Bumped Off & Bottoms Up,” an original mystery by Jacky Fazio.Prohibition has arrived-and that means locals and visitors alike gather at Walter O’Leary’s infamous club for refreshments an d entertainment. When an evening of fun, takes a terrible turn. Can you help bring the murder to justice?


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The Living Library

Immerse yourself in a world of horror and suspense reimagined from the great authors of the Victorian Period. Classic terrifying tales unfold around you as you move from room to room within the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. Do you know how these stories will end, or is there another twist you could never see coming?

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Back to the beginning!

Everyone is suspect during Clueless at the Physick Estate, a “whodunit” similar to the popular board game. Join fellow amateur sleuths and encounter characters inside the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., as this original mystery unfolds from room to room. Who is the culprit? Is it Professor Graystone or Pearlie White? Mrs. Parrot or Cherry Bombe? This year is a revival of the first, the original Clueless at the Physick Estate mystery from 2012. Don’t miss this chance to challenge your imagination and deduction skills in a one-of-a-kind historic Cape May setting. Accessible with advance notice.


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A full weekend of interactive performances along with a Search for Clues self-guided walking tour. Performances take place at La Mer Beachfront Resort.


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Becoming Dr. Ruth

This compelling play chronicles the remarkable journey of Karola Siegel, who became best known as Dr. Ruth Westheimer, an iconic sex therapist. Filled with remarkable stories of Dr. Ruth’s escape from the Nazis as a child, her time as a sniper in Jerusalem, and her courageous pursuit of success in America as a single mother, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” delivers humor, honesty, and a triumphant spirit. Come along as Dr. Ruth takes the audience on an uplifting adventure through her one-of-a-kind life story.


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Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson – Apt 2B

This fast-paced, comedic, and modern reimagining of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth and sidekick explores the dynamic partnership of a new Holmes and Watson as they navigate a series of exhilarating adventures. This quasi-dysfunctional odd couple emerge from a pandemic fog and come face to face with a cunning supervillain. Packed with non-stop laughs and hijinks galore, audiences of all ages will embark on a thrilling ride. Written by The Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, Kate Hamill. This will be the New Jersey premiere of the play, written in 2022.


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Stones in his Pockets

This award-winning play brings Hollywood to rural Ireland in a riotous clash of cultures. Set against the backdrop of a small Irish town, the story follows two local men cast as extras in a glamorous American movie. But when a famous actress takes a shine to one of the locals and tragedy strikes, chaos ensues, leading to a hilarious collision of harsh reality and Hollywood fantasies. Two talented actors play 15 different parts in this comedic play with a poignant undercurrent.


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The Gift of the Magi

Using O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” a short story set in Victorian times, this new adaptation updates the tale of love and sacrifice to the modern day. O. Henry wrote about disadvantaged young people living in New York City. In this version, Lucia and Rocky are a young married couple living in the city who love each other very much though they have different ideas of what to spend money on for this Christmas. This is a play celebrating love and sacrifice. Told with heart and humor, this play is a real holiday treat.


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East Lynne Theater
500 Hughes St.

East Lynne Theater Company is an Equity professional theater located in Cape May, New Jersey. Named after a popular melodrama of the 19th Century, East Lynne was founded in 1980 to resurrect plays from America’s theatrical past. Over the years, our mission has expanded to include contemporary work on American themes.