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Ventriloquist's Wife, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Ventriloquist's Wife, The

Charles Ludlam

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Full Length Play, Comedy

1m, 1f

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The career of stand-up comic Charles is going nowhere until he buys a ventriloquial figure and names him Walter Ego. Charles' wife Susan begins to resent the time her husband spends with his dummy, and Charles attempts to compensate by starting a magic act with his wife. But it is too late: Walter Ego has taken on a murderous life of his own. This hour-long comic nightmare is studded with hysterical, cabaret-style ventriloquial routines. Both the ventriloquest and his wife must be able to throw their voices, and a woman must be sawn in half.
"One of Mr. Ludlam's most inspired creations… mesmerizing... high comic art." - The New York Times "A miniature magic psychodrama, a funny but slightly unnerving vision of the muclear family... pure pleasure." - Village Voice


1m, 1f

Charles Ludlam

Charles Ludlam

Charles Ludlam (1943-1987) grew up in Queens, New York, just a few subway stops from Greenwich Village, and the heart of Gay America. At twenty-four, he founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, where he wrote, directed and performed in almost every production for the next two decades, often with Everett Quinton, his life partner and muse, by his side. Renowned for drag, high comedy, melodrama, ... view full profile

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