The Mystery of Irma Vep
by Charles Ludlam
directed by Sean Graney
Nov 12, 2009 — Dec 13, 2009
“Court Theatre … has a winner.” -Chicago Tribune
“The funniest upholstery of the season has been found: a black and white damask that keeps popping up in ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep,’ to increasingly riotous effect. And when even the cloth is hilarious, you know that something is going right.” -Centerstage
“Victorian melodrama and classic film noir work together to offer a sensational evening of theatre.” -Chicago Critic
Two actors take on innumerable dramatis personae in Ludlum’s high-camp quick-change act. The Mystery of Irma Vep satirizes all that is ridiculous in Gothic horror, Victorian melodrama, classic film, and conventional theatre–and it’s also a contender for the funniest American play of the last quarter-century.
Photo of Erik Hellman and Chris Sullivan by Michael Brosilow.
Scenic DesignerJack Magaw
Costume DesignerAlison Siple
Lighting DesignerHeather Gilbert
Sound DesignerMichael Griggs
Jane Twisden/Lord Edgar Hillcrest/Erik Hellman
Nicodemus Underwood/Lady Enid Hillcrest/AlcazarChris Sullivan