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East Lynne Theater Company presents "Sherlock Holmes' Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"


East Lynne Theater Company presents "Sherlock Holmes

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- "The question is the sequence of events leading from the jewel-case at one end, to the stomach of a goose at the other." Sherlock Holmes is speaking to Dr. Watson as they begin an investigation that might save an innocent man from prison.

Step back in time on Fridays and Saturdays, October 29-30 and November 5-6 at 8:00pm, when the Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes' Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle." It is produced in the style of a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, just like the Sherlock Holmes' radio series on NBC that premiered in 1930. Craig Wichman, founder and producer of the nationally acclaimed Quicksilver Radio Theater, adapted the script.

Tom Byrn is portraying Holmes, and Fred Velde is Dr. Watson. Byrn has performed with ELTC since 2009, most notably in two solo shows, "Will Rogers U.S.A." and "Mr. Lincoln," and directed "Summerland" and "Silent Sky." He has acted at various theaters in the Philadelphia area, including, People's Light, Interact, Lantern, and Act II Playhouse, and at various theaters in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio. Velde, who was in ELTC's "Anna Christie," "Rain," and “Dulcy,” has appeared in over fifty shows in NYC, including the Off-Broadway revival of Mae West's "Sex."

Portraying several roles apiece are Veronique Hurley and Mat Labotka. In ELTC's recent production of "The Rainmaker," they portrayed Lizzie Curry and File. Hurley’s Off-Broadway credits include "The Tempest," "As You Like It," "Twelfth Night," and "Hunting and Gathering" at The Glass Eye. Regionally, she's performed at The Hartford Stage Company, Cape May Stage, and Playhouse on Park. New York credits for Labotka, an alum of Chicago's Second City Conservatory, include Henry in "The King's Face," Albert in "Relativity of Love," and Victor in "The Star and The Fire."  He also performs in commercials, improv, and stand-up comedy.  

Robert LeMaire, who played Teddy in ELTC's "Arsenic and Old Lace" and served as the play’s assistant director, is once more operating the sound effects and taking on several roles. He's been performing with ELTC since 2001, and is the director for the company's Student Summer Workshop.

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Gayle Stahlhuth, now in her twenty-second year of serving as artistic director for ELTC, is portraying several roles and directed "The Blue Carbuncle." Her performance as Martha Brewster in "Arsenic and Old Lace," and her directing for the same production, were well-reviewed by Terry Teachout for "The Wall Street Journal."

The performances are at The Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., where the company is in residence. Tickets are $28 for general admission, $20 full-time students and military (active/retired/veteran), and, as always, anyone age 12 and under is free.  

"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is also part of Cape May's "Sherlock Holmes' Weekends." For other Holmes' events, contact Cape May MAC at 609-884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org.  ELTC's 50/50 raffle drawing is after the November 6 performance.

Next up for ELTC, is "Christmas with Harte and O. Henry" running from November 26 – December 11.

originally published: 10/21/2021

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