Just in time for Hallowe’en Falcon Theatre presents “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” written by Obie Award-winner Charles Ludlam, directed by Jenny Sullivan, and starring Matthew Floyd Miller and Jamie Torcellini.
Named one of the best plays of 1984 by “The New York Times,” this ridiculous romp begins on a dark and stormy night when Lady Enid and Lord Edgar arrive at their haunted estate. Including a vampire attack, a werewolf hunt and a journey to an ancient Egyptian tomb, the laughs erupt as a mystery unfolds in this side-splitting spoof of horror movies, classic literature, Victorian melodrama, Hitchcock and the conventions of theater itself, complete with monsters, mummies and damsels in distress.
Ludlam was a multi-talented, off-the-wall and out-of-the-closet actor, playwright, director, and producer whose Ridiculous Theatrical Company broke boundaries and helped define the avant-garde Off-Off-Broadway movement. He was born in New York and educated at Hofstra University. He first acted professionally in New York in 1967, and later that year he founded his own troupe and was busy for the next twenty years, the company going from obscurity to campy cult interest to citywide admiration. Ludlam and his longtime companion Everett Quinton usually played the leading roles (male or female) in his outrageous spoofs, although as time went by he employed less camp and more of a highly theatrical style. His many plays include “Turds in Hell,” “Der Ring Gott Farblonjet,” a riff on Wagner's Ring Cycle, “Bluebeard” and “The Mystery of Irma Vep,” his most popular play and the most revived in theatres across the country.
“The Mystery of Irma Vep” previews 8 p.m. October 16-19, 4 p.m. October 20 and 8 p.m. October 23 & 24, opens 8 p.m. Friday, October 25 and performs Wednesday through Sunday through November 17. Tickets are previews $29.50 – $32.00, weekdays (Wed/Thurs) $34.50 – $37.00, opening night $52.00 – $57.00 and weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun) $39.50 – $42.00 and student rate (valid student ID) $27.00. Call 818-955-8101 or visit www.FalconTheatre.com.
The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Dr. in Burbank.