Horror Comedy The Mystery of Irma Vep at Renton Civic Theatre
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Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Molière's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Molière's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of suitors. Teresa Thuman and Ken Michels co-direct this Center Theatre production, in which a saucy siren finally meets her misanthropic match. Learn More
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Featured review from Jsarirose
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The cast and crew were amazing. The costumes, sets, coordination of scenes, etc. were perfect. The acting was also wonderful. The play, however, was quite bizarre. The only reason I enjoyed it was because of the superb acting and humor in the play. The play itself was fairly confusing, especially the second act when they're in Egypt. Some things just didn't seem to make sense.
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This show was too campy for our taste. Double casting the same actors in multiple roles seemed designed to get laughs because of how patently ridiculous it was. There wasn't enough plot or character development to justify the length of the play....continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Last night, I dreamed I went to Mandacrest again…”
Where portraits bleed, werewolves howl and sinister servants skulk. Where every day is a dark and stormy night and Lord Edgar has serious “mummy” issues. Will “She who sleeps, one day wake”? Will Lord Edgar finally shoot the right wolf? Will Nicodemus have a good hair day? Will the turtle lay another egg and are they edible? Will Lady Enid survive the night and find a dress that doesn’t make her thighs look fat?
The answers to these questions and more can be found by attending The Mystery of Irma Vep. Charles Ludlam’s play, first produced by The Ridiculous Theatrical Company in 1984, began its life on the fringe, but has now become a bonafide comedy classic. Time magazine called it, “a true vaudeville tour de farce . . . a lush and loving parody of every gaslight romance from Jane Eyre to Rebecca, with glancing references from Shakespeare to Poe, to silent movies serials and horror movies of the’30s … it’s wonderful.”