Coming Next: The Mystery of Irma Vep

Liam Vincent and Danny Scheie get their silly on. Photo by Kevin Berne.

Come and celebrate Jonathan Moscone’s final show as Cal Shakes’ Artistic Director with tickets to Charles Ludlam’s 1984 romp, The Mystery of Irma Vep. High, low, and above all, absolutely fabulous comedy converge at a sinister English estate, where Lord Edgar and his nervous new wife, Enid, find themselves haunted by werewolves, ghosts, a vampire, and Edgar’s mysterious ex-wife, Irma Vep.

In an unparalleled theatrical feat, Cal Shakes favorites Danny Scheie and Liam Vincent (who brought audiences to their feet in last year’s The Comedy of Errors) will make 35 costume changes to play eight different characters—ranging from a nobleman to an Egyptian princess—resulting in a gender- and genre-bending tour de force.

Irma Vep is a hilarious send-up of a medley of different styles and sources, specifically, Hitchcock’s thriller, Rebecca, Brontë’s dark romance, Wuthering Heights, and Noël Coward’s otherworldly comedy Blithe Spirit. As Moscone said about directing Ludlam’s most popular play, “I’m so happy to get some silly on at the Bruns.”

 

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