The Mystery of Irma Vep | Piccolo Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2013
Price: $25
Charles Ludlam wrings every possible laugh from the hoary conventions of gothic melodrama in this 1984 high-camp crowd-pleaser. The plot—which doesn't make a whole lot of sense—centers on a Victorian widower who's taken a dim-witted new bride; pretty soon, they're beset by vampires, werewolves, unmanageable servants, bad puns, and other horrors. The gag is that all the parts are played by just two actors, occasioning lots of quick changes and lots of drag. In Michael Graham's staging, performers Ben Muller and Brandon Johnson are goofy, engaging, and game, but the production around them could use a little more imagination and precision. Instead, we get drab sets, chintzy costumes, and stagecraft that often slides from freewheeling to just plain sloppy. —Zac Thompson


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