Horror Comedy The Mystery of Irma Vep at Renton Civic Theatre
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The line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred in this smash musical about escape and the transportive power of love. Created by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the songwriting team that penned Chicago and Cabaret, and four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, Kiss of the Spider Woman was the winner of seven Tony Awards in 1993, including Best Musical. It's the story of two cellmates in a Latin American prison -- Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary, and Molina, a gay window dresser. Molina survives his jailers' torture and humiliation by escaping to a fantasy world filled with the movies he loved as a child, conjuring a beautiful and beguiling screen enchantress named Aurora as his imaginary diva. As the relationship between Valentin and Molina becomes increasingly complicated, so too do Molina's over-the-top fantasies, which begin threatening to overtake his real life. Learn More
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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.
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.”