Triad Stage

The Mystery of Irma Vep

October 5 - October 16, 2016


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The Mystery of Irma Vep

By Charles Ludlam

A stylish and hilarious funhouse escapade featuring tour de force performances, lightning fast changes and hair-raising special effects. Vampires, ghosts, werewolves and a mummy wreak havoc in this raucous parody of Victorian morals and Hollywood horror by anarchic comic genius Charles Ludlam. From England’s mysterious moors to the depths of an Egyptian tomb, no one is safe from the terrors of bad puns and dueling dulcimers. Be afraid, be just a little bit afraid as Triad Stage returns to the smash hit from our first season, the play that The New York Times called “the funniest two hours anywhere.”

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“A huge grin never left my face. Fast paced, twisted and sarcastic. Love love love.”

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Nicodemus Underwood
Allen E. Read
Jane Twisden
Haas Regen
Lady Enid Hillcrest
Allen E. Read
Lord Edgar Hillcrest
Haas Regen
An Intruder
Haas Regen
Allen E. Read

Creative Team

Bryan Conger
Scenic Designer
Robin Vest
Costume Designer
Daniel Urlie
Lighting Designer
Rob Perry
Sound Designer
G. Clausen
Accent Coach
Robin Christian-McNair
Casting Director
Cindi Rush
Resident Fight Choreographer
Jim Wren
Stage Manager
Abigail Matey
InSight Speaker
Dr. Jenny Pyke

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‘Penny dreadfuls’ turn dreadfully funny in Triad Stage’s The Mystery of Irma Vep
Yes! Weekly
October 11, 2016

In Victorian England, ‘penny dreadfuls’ were cheap stories sold in parts weekly for one penny. Many of their subjects covered the supernatural, and basically they were so dreadful they only cost a penny. In Triad Stage’s production of The Mystery of Irma Vep, a parable of penny dreadfuls, Victorian morals and old Hollywood horror films, the spoofy ghost tale works well in their favor, laying the groundwork for a whirlwind of a comedy.

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Triad Stage’s 'Irma Vep' is well-performed anarchy
Winston-Salem Journal
October 9, 2016

Let’s just get this straight from the outset: Charles Ludlam’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep” doesn’t have a serious bone in the body of its script. Triad Stage’s lively production, which opened on Saturday night at the Hanesbrands Theatre, makes that perfectly clear.

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Triad Stage’s ‘Irma Vep’ is a comedy workout for two actors
Winston-Salem Journal
October 2, 2016

Charles Ludlam’s parody play, “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” was first seen by the public in off-off and then off-Broadway productions in 1984-86 and 1998-99, respectively. Both shows gained awards, and attention, for this comedy that satirizes and yet celebrates several styles of fiction from the past. “Irma Vep” went on to become the most-produced play in the United States (1991), productions in London and, in 2003, became the longest-running play ever produced in Brazil.

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