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Charles Ludlam

Vamping and Camping in the Grandest Style

George Heymont | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the great polymaths lost to the AIDS epidemic was playwright, director, cinephile, opera queen, filmmaker and actor Charles Ludlam. In 1967 (at the age of 24) he founded the Ridiculous Theatrical Company and, for two decades worked as its artistic director, scenic designer, resident playwright, and star, performing in a tiny basement theatre at One Sheridan Square.

Stage Door: The Mystery of Irma Vep

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Everything depends on split-second timing, which Sella and Barton do perfectly. Who can resist terrific genre parodies, a lovestruck wolf and a Gaslight spoof? Ludlam's humor and humanity are on display, and audiences will howl with laughter.

Aisle View: Kiss of the Vampire

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The comedic chameleon Arnie Burton first came to view in the 2008 parody version of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, a four-character romp in which he was one of two men who played all the roles other than the hero and heroine.

Mink Stole and Penny Arcade in The Mutilated

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.14.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If you could mate John Waters with Charles Ludlam, the offspring might be Mink Stole and Penny Arcade, lead performers in a new production of Tennesse...

Mark Rylance's Richard III

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Mark Rylance is out to make his mark as one of the greats, a Kean, a Garrick, a Booth, but he is also trying to be something more. He is both acting a...

Hamptons Journal: The Mystery of Irma Vep at Bay Street

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Introducing Bay Street Theater's current production on Saturday night, of Charles Ludlam's 1983 breakout masterpiece The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny ...

San Francisco's Magic Theatre Triumphs with the West Coast premiere of The Lily's Revenge

George Heymont | Posted 07.05.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

A gifted playwright and performer with a powerful voice in print and song, Taylor Mac's "rolling premiere" of The Lily's Revenge opened at the Magic Theatre last week and is, without doubt, cause for celebration.

Summer Reading on a Sunny (Doris) Day: David Kaufman's The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door Part I

Penelope Andrew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

There are certain actors we encounter as children having grown up on classic film who have a profound impact on us, and no one knows this better than David Kaufman, author of Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door.