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“Wonderful performance”

East Lynne Theater Company
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

You can let your imagination go to work Liked the simple stage and you could really get to see the actors

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Run to see "Lost on the Natchez Trace" at East Lynne in Cape May.
This great little gem of a theatre usually produces older American pieces.
This is a new play set in the past. The production is gripping and powerful.
I was so impressed by the performances--Tom Byrne is amazing.
Direction by Gayle Stahlhuth--so darn well done.

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

I saw Lost on the Natchez Trace last week at East Lynne Theater Company. Wow! This play really explores the depths of the human soul and the weaknesses of our "higher conscience" and "better judgement." It will be a while before I can process the rest of what I experienced.

Although some people feel they might want to shy away from the show or keep children from the show due to the racial slurs and harsh subject matter, the playwright has written the work in an historically accurate manner. The language and subject matter is in context of a beautifully written and powerful story. The story, characters and ideas expressed are a tightly woven composite of many dark and inhumane incidents in our country's history during the time of slavery. It is very clear that the playwright also uses this period and the socially accepted thinking of the time to be a mirror to the many injustices that still exist in today's world. It is clear that the actors and director are well aware of the play's many levels as this production seemed flawless in every aspect. In short, this play is not only great theater, but a wonderful teaching tool for any age.

Living in Cape May, I have already heard locals and visitors sharing similar reaction to this show. In all honesty, I have never before heard so much buzz about town regarding any previous show ever in Cape May. There's a lot to be said right there.

The chemistry between actors Tom Byrn and Leon Morgan was electric! Byrn portrays an injured slave auctioneer who, alone in the wilderness, cries for help. Morgan portrays a runaway slave who hears the cries for help. The tension that builds between the two and the story that unfolds is unlike anything I have seen on stage. Brava to Stephanie Garrett for an emotionally charged supporting role and to Gayle Stahlhuth, whose direction was nothing short of brilliant.

Since the 1980s, East Lynne Theater Company's mission has been to present American Stage Classics. Each year they treat audiences with forgotten gems of the late 19th and early 20th Century. Lost on the Natchez Trace is a relatively new play (I believe it was written just a year or two ago) but is set in the period of American history that East Lynne focusses on. Natchez Trace is quite a jump from the old-time comedies and charming romances that are usually typical of their delightful productions. This speaks volumes for the versatility and skill of the company. This is like nothing East Lynne has ever done before!

Some of the very best theater for your money, in my opinion.

Thank Thomas R
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Enjoyed the current production of Lost on the Natchez Trace. Attended the Thursday, 27 June 2013 performance. It's a powerful script with very strong actors that delivered a forceful performance. Actors Leon Morgan, Tom Byrn and Stephanie Garrett brought their "A-Game" to the East Lynne Theater Company at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May. > http://www.eastlynnetheater.org/

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We were delighted to see Suzanne Dawson perform in East Lynne Theater Company's production of RUTH DRAPER'S COMPANY OF CHARACTERS in the summer of 2012. Suzanne was top notch. A real pro. This was a two-woman production; each actress performed a series of solo acts. One better than the next. The cast and the crew were so appreciative that we came out to support the arts and their endeavor. We were grateful for their passionate performances. Skip the movies where, most of the time, you'll see mediocre performances, at best. Support live theater productions like the ones that East Lynne Theater put on. This was only our first show. We'll be back for more.

Thank KPDiviFan
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