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Saturday, July 20, 2024


‘Helpful Hints’ from East Lynne


By On Deck Staff

“Today, it is widely recognized that if the baby wants to cry, let it do so,” says Mae Savell Croy, giving a lecture on children and household duties in the stand-up comedy-style production of Helpful Hints.
The advice is real, however, taken from “Putnam’s Household Handbook,” written by Croy, and published in 1916.
This witty adaptation, written and performed by Susan Tischler, was so popular last season that East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) had to bring it back.
Other “hints” include how to clean the stove and clothes with kerosene and the importance of a cheerful doctor.
Along the way, Croy also divulges something of her personal life, including her leanings towards the suffrage movement and her admiration for up-and-coming film star, Douglas Fairbanks.
There are only 12 performances of “Helpful Hints,” playing Thursdays through Sundays, August 6-23 at 8:30 p.m., at The Chalfonte Hotel, 301 Howard St, Cape May.
Tickets are $23 for general admission, $13 for full-time students, and children ages 12 and under are always free.
For information and reservations, call 609-884-5898 or visit
To make credit card reservations directly by phone, call 866-280-9211.

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