The Ventriloquist's Wife

by  Charles Ludlam

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

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The Ventriloquist's Wife

by  Charles Ludlam

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    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.
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"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


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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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