The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful

by  Charles Ludlam

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m

"Far and away the funniest two hours on a New York stage... What more meaningful gift could Ludlam bequeath [audiences] than to leave them eternally laughing." - The New York Times

"A really good laugh... The story has to be seen to…

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The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful

by  Charles Ludlam

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The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas, recently revived Off-Broadway to raves, is a quick change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything.
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Reviews

"Far and away the funniest two hours on a New York stage... What more meaningful gift could Ludlam bequeath [audiences] than to leave them eternally laughing. " - The New York Times

"A really good laugh... The story has to be seen to be believed." -The New York Post

"Lunatic fun that keeps you in stitches." -The New York Daily News

"A true vaudeville tour de farce... It's wonderful." -Time "A hearty mixture of thrills, laughter and extravagant showmanship." -The Village Voice

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s, 1920s
  • Setting: In the library drawing room of "Mandacrest," the Hillcrest estate near Hampstead Heath, between the wars, and various places in Egypt.
  • Additional Features: Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m
LADY ENID HILLCREST
LORD EDGAR HILLCREST
NICODEMUS UNDERWOOD
JANE TWISDEN
AN INTRUDER
IRMA VEP
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Cast Attributes

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Casting Notes

All roles are portrayed by two performers.

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Authors

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 Ever ...

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THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP first appeared at The Ridiculous Theatrical Company.

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