Charles Ludlam's manic, ingenious gothic spoof The Mystery of Irma Vep may be the late author's most delightful creation, a tour de force for two actors that piles on the preposterous plot twists while spewing out a dizzying spray of high- and low-culture in-joke. xquisitely silly.
Charles Ludlam's manic, ingenious gothic spoof The Mystery of Irma Vep may be the late author's most delightful creation, a tour de force for two actors that piles on the preposterous plot twists while spewing out a dizzying spray of high- and low-culture in-joke. Charles Isherwood, Variety. Bawdy, rip-roaring comedy, scintillating drama and plot twists that involve vampires, werewolves and men in drag, The Mystery of Irma Vep serves up all this and more in a sidesplitting two-hour show. Chicago Theater Beat.
Charles Ludlam: Artistic director, playwright, director, designer and star of New York’s acclaimed Ridiculous .
Charles Ludlam: Artistic director, playwright, director, designer and star of New York’s acclaimed Ridiculous Theatrical Company. During his twenty years with the Ridiculous, he won Obie and Drama Desk awards as well as playwriting fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Ford foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. His most popular play, and the only one to enter the standard repertory, is The Mystery of Irma Vep, in which two actors manage, through a variety of quick-change techniques, to play seven roles in a send-up of gothic horror novels. The original production featuring Ludlam and his lover Everett Quinton was a tour de force.
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a play in three acts by Charles Ludlam. It is a satire of several theatrical, literary and film genres, including Victorian melodrama, farce, the penny dreadful, Wuthering Heights and the Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca (1940). The title is the name of a character in the 1915 French movie serial Les Vampires and is an anagram for the word "vampire.
This collection includes an introduction by Tony Kushner alongside Ludlam's most famous and celebrated works for the stage: The Mystery of Irma Vep: Ludlam's most famous play, this is a hilarious send up of Daphne de Maurier, Jane Eyre and Victorian cross dressing. One of the most produced plays in the United States, The Mystery of Irma Vep is "the most perfect expression of Ludlam’s approach to theatre: a play that simultaneously provokes terror, laughter and a grotesque mockery of all gender, literary and special boundaries (Village Voice).
Preface by Tony Kushner. The late Charles Ludlam ransacked theatrical and literary history in an evolutionary quest for a modern art of stage comedy. His more than 30 plays – most famously those collected here – are among the funniest, most erudite and anarchic in the modern repertoire. The Mystery of Irma Vep is a hilarious send-up of Jane Eyre, Daphne du Maurier and Victorian cross-dressing; Camille is a mix between laughfest and tearjerker as Ludlam tackles the role of the tubercular courtesan; Galas re-imagines the life of Maria Callas as high tragedy; Stage Blood contrives to give Hamlet.
Ludlam's is a dazzling and significant body of work, and it should be accorded a place of greatest regard and honor in the American dramatic literary canon. The plays are funny, erudite, poetic, transgressive, erotic, moving, and so theatrical they seem the Platonic ideal of everything we mean when we use that word.
This is an odd assemblage of plays, for which gathering-together there is no overarching thematic justification. Because several of the plays deal with death, and one of the death-plays deals as well with money, and the last play deals with taxation, we're calling the book Death & Taxes. Tony Kushner This stunning new collection by Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America, showcases his masterful explorations of form and style. Notes on Akiba has been performed at The Jewish Museum and other venues during Passover.
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Showing all 37 items. 2009-2010 Season) Charles Ludlam and his play, "The Mystery of Irma Vep," was performed at the Court Theatre in Chicago, Illinois with Erik Hellman and Chris Sullivan in the cast. Sean Graney was director
Showing all 37 items. 1995) His play, "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika," was performed in Chicago, Illinois with Barbara Robertson and Jonathan Hadary in the cast. The crew included Michael Mayer (director), Brian MacDevitt (lighting designer), Michael Philip Ward (original incidental music), and Rob Milburn (sound designer). Sean Graney was director. Alison Siple was costume designer.
Gulfshore Playhouse's production of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlam finishes off their 2017-18 .
Gulfshore Playhouse's production of THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP by Charles Ludlam finishes off their 2017-18 theatre season with a clever, quick, and absolutely hilarious show. It was a mystery, a comedy, a tragedy, and so much more, all in one fantastic Penny Dreadful production. The different characters they played all had very different personalities, and they did wonderfully at making every single one separate from the other-even when they would leave the stage as one character and return momentarily as another, from another entrance.