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The Mystery of Irma Vep

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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 more than thirty plays are among the most thought-provoking entertainments in the modern repertoire and continue to be widely performed throughout the world.


"Charles Ludlam is a valiant theatrical renaissance man." -Frank Rich, New York Times "The theatre of parody and travesty became art in the plays of Charles Ludlam, a writer and comedian who manifested in his many plays a truly Aristophanic joy, precision, wit, and shamelessness."- Donald Lyons, Wall Street Journal "Far from shying away from theatrical cliches, Ludlam indulges them to the dizzy limit; the familiar becomes the outrageous, and the result is good farce." -Chicago Reader "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." -Michael Feingold, Village Voice "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-jokes...exquisitely silly." -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 "In Camille, Charles Ludlam's hysterical way with the Lady of the Camellias takes the doomed Dumas and Verdi heroine--via George Cukor and Greta Garbo--to unexpected heights of pathos and laughter." -San Francisco Chronicle

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