30th Anniversary Production of Mystery of Irma Vep, Starring Arnie Burton and Robert Sella, Begins April 10
10 Apr 2014
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Red Bull Theater presents Charles Ludlam's two-man satirical play The Mystery of Irma Vep, in celebration of the production's 30th anniversary, beginning April 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theater.
Arnie Burton and Robert Sella, who both play numerous characters, star under the direction of Everett Quinton. Opening is scheduled for April 17; performances will continue through May 11.
Here's how the production is billed: "A true American classic of theatrical language and transformation, careening outrageously through Shakespeare, Victorian melodrama, Poe and Hitchcock. With just two actors engaged in a high style quick-change act, this hilariously horrifying drama marks the return of the Ridiculous to the West Village — replete with werewolves, vampires and mummies. After his first wife, Irma, meets her unfortunate demise on the mysterious moors, Egyptologist Lord Edgar takes Lady Enid as his second wife, much to the dismay of his protective maid, Jane, and his leering swineherd, Nicodemus. But when Lady Enid suffers a similarly supernatural attack, life at Mandacrest Estate quickly becomes a gripping whodunit (or whatdunit) where nothing is remotely what it seems."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.