From the long-running Mousetrap to Clue to The Mystery of Edwin Drood, murder mystery seems to be (pardon the pun) an undying genre. As such, Connecticut's River Rep close out their 14th summer season at the Ivoryton Playhouse with The Mystery of Irma Vep, opening Aug. 22 and running through Sept. 3. 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
and Daniel Fischer