Connecticut's River Rep close out their 14th summer season Sept. 3 as their final production, The Mystery of Irma Vep ends at the Ivoryton Playhouse. The production opened Aug. 22. A farcical melodrama, Irma Vep (which is an anagram of 'vampire') is, fittingly, a Victorian murder mystery. Combined with contemporary satire and peppered with ghosts, goblins, and mummies, the show originally ran in 1984 with its Ridiculous Theatrical Company writer-director-star Charles Ludlam. Its Off Broadway revival in 1999 outlasted its predecessor (by 4 performances) and won a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival.
For tickets to shows at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Main Street, call (860) 767-8348. For group rates, call (860) 545-7870. The theatre also has children’s shows every Friday at 11 AM. For more information, visit their website at www.riverrep.com.
-- by Ernio Hernandez