Horror Comedy The Mystery of Irma Vep at Renton Civic Theatre
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With music by ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (Mamma Mia) and lyrics by Tim Rice (Evita), this musical drama involves a romantic triangle between two top players -- an American and a Russian -- and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. Loosely based on the lives of chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov, the rock opera plays out against the Cold War struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, with each wanting to win international tournaments for purposes of propaganda. It's an intriguing tale of romantic rivalries, cunning gamesmanship and political tensions. Time Magazine says that Chess has "one of the best rock scores ever produced." 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.
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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.”