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The Mystery of Irma Vep

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.

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 ...

Hamptons Journal: Theater Out East

Regina Weinreich | Posted 10.25.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The body language is all affect but the words come from the actual autobiographies of these famed youth who have barely lived or done enough to merit a complete sentence, but that's the conceit of Celebrity Autobiography.