We had dinner at the Washington Inn, one of the oldest restaurants in Cape May. It was an excellent meal. We ate:
- Appetizer: me, mixed greens salad; F, corn chowder (which was the correct choice, it was amazing and there was smoked gouda in it)
- Entree: me, grilled shrimp with summer squash over polenta, with some kind of amazing sauce that tied it all together (I don't remember what F got but it was meat and he enjoyed it)
- Dessert: me, coconut panna cotta; F, brownie sundae; flight of dessert wines to share
- Dessert #2: cherry sorbet (a happy-birthday treat from the restaurant)
Everything was excellent. After dinner, we had some time before the show, so we walked out to the ocean, looking at the old houses along the way.
The show was at Cape May Stage, which is a really nice little theater in a converted church. Their whole 2015 season is celebrating women playwrights, which of course I can totally get behind. The show we saw was "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe", a one-woman show originally written for Lily Tomlin in the 1980s by Jane Wagner, who eventually married Tomlin many years later. The actress, Tricia Alexandro, did an excellent job of carrying the show. I thought she was a bit weaker on the primary narrator character (Trudy the bag lady), but she blew it away on the minor characters and brought a lot of individual personality to each of them. It was a pleasure to watch, a pleasure to be out with grownups doing something adult.
And on the walk back to our beach house, we saw a Japanese lantern that had just been lit and released, traveling up into the night sky, while behind us storm clouds and lightning approached in the distance. Then more lanterns were lit, in all different colors, each taking the same path, the same wind out into the night. A really cool moment.