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The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Charles Ludlam

COMPANY : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ART Station Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 2213

SHOWING : February 14, 2007 - March 10, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A spoof of Gothic melodrama set on the moors of England and the tombs of Egypt. With quick changes, two actors play eight characters including the lord and lady of a manor, a down-to-earth maid servant, a werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Thomas
Stage Manager John Goldstein
Scenery and lights Michael Hidalgo
Props and special effects Nancy Knight
Costumes Nyrobi Moss
Lord Hillcrest Brik Berkes
Lady Hillcrest Geoff Uterhardt
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Anagrams and shenanigans
by Rockdale Writer
Saturday, March 10, 2007
2.0
“Oh, this is fun. It’s like Christmas, only with murder and mayhem.”
With those words actor Brik Berkes in drag as Victorian-era housekeeper Jane Twisden sums up “The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful,” playing through March 10 at ART Station Theatre.
The fun of “Irma Vep”—an anagram whose meaning is revealed in Act III—is in the British comedy troupe Monty Python-meets-ghoulish cartoonist Charles Addams send-up of Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights.”
But it takes a rainy Thursday night audience the entire one-hour length of Act I to get into the fun. They’re deader than a vampire’s victim until Act II (and a little Chablis at the concession stand?) roars in like a lion.
By then we (hic) have latched onto the quick-change concept that runs beneath this two-actor, eight-character romp across the moors of rain-swept England and the bone-dry depths of the Egyptian desert.
Berkes not only plays the seemingly-subservient servant Jane but her master Lord Edger Hillcrest as well, ruling out those two ever having a scene together.
Likewise, Geoff “Googie” Uterhardt impersonates Jane’s male counterpart Nicodemus Underwood and the servant’s mistress Lady Enid Hillcrest. Strangely enough, however, they actually do have a scene together, preceded by Lady Enid’s announcement “I feel like I am Nicodemus.”
By Act III, however, beating the dead horse of the quick-change delight has tired us again, as have the overblown gestures and vocal affectations under which any real acting is difficult to detect.
Even self-referential lines like “A man who dresses like a woman can’t be all bad,” doubtless a high point when the late Charles Ludlam first performed it in New York, fail to engage.
We were given fair warning. After all, the word “dreadful” was in the show’s title.
Props must be given, however, to the production team that made it all possible, especially Nyrobi Moss who designed and constructed the quick-change costumes and Michael Hidalgo who is credited with creating the scenery and lighting but must also have devised the backstage passages through which the actors zoomed to opposite sides of the stage in time for their cues. David Thomas directed the where-will-they-pop-up-next-and-as-who action. Jon Goldstein stage managed, which means he had the nightmare task of making sure the right actor was in the right place at the right time and in the right costume, as did Nancy Knight, manager of props and special effects.
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