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  The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful at Actors Co-op Theatre

The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful

Actors Co-op Theatre
1760 N. Gower Street Hollywood

Enter into the longer nights of autumn with The Mystery of Irma Vep, a hilarious fright fest, complete with a cast of monsters and an Egyptian princess. This two-actor, multi-character show will spellbind audiences with its nod to the classic Gothic melodramas and early fright flicks of the ’30s and ’40s.

Thru - Nov 10, 2019

Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:30pm

Price: $35

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Box Office: 323-462-8460

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  The Mystery of Irma Vep - A Penny Dreadful Reviews
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Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...On the matinee this reviewer attended, the packed house (of varying ages) was boisterous, interactive, and was truly delighted by the production and the two actors that took us all on a magical mystery tour of camp, tongue-in-cheek humor, and bawdiness that was enjoyed by all."
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Jeffrey Scott

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Now Actors Co-op brings a “penny dreadful” of the theatrical ilk to the stage with their production of the The Mystery of Irma Vep, which is filled with raucous and ribald humor of the low brow kind. Written by Charles Ludlam and originally produced Off-Broadway by his Ridiculous Theatrical Company in 1984 the show won many accolades and ran for several years — and because it’s a showcase for a mere two actors, still produced quite often. This production vacillates between very very good and very wrong."
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Tony Frankel

LA Splash - Highly Recommended

"...Kudos to the spot-on production crew, with splendid costumes by Vicki Conrad, malleable scenic design by Greg McGoon and Jessa Orr, flexible lighting by Martha Carter, scary sound by David B. Marling, and everyone else who added a goose bump to the show. THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP is great family fare - but make sure the kids are old enough to enjoy the scare without panicking. Acting is broad, and plot is preposterous - just right for an absurd, silly, and outlandish Halloween treat."
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Elaine Mura

Observations Along the Road - Recommended

"...In the case of Irma Vep, we have two actors (of the same sex) playing 3-4 characters each. That the actors be of the same sex is apparently stated in the show contract. In 1991, it was the most produced play in the United States. It is claimed to be terrifying, shocking, and hilarious; but, alas, I'm not the type that gets terrified or laughs out loud that easily. There were others in the audience reacting that way, so I'll take their word for it."
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Daniel Faigin

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Ludlam's play is a classic, a tribute to old Universal Studios monster movies and gothic melodramas, and it retains all of the quick wit and affection for the genres it satirizes. Allee and Wade do their best and are generally entertaining. But a successful production of a play like this requires rapid pacing, to accommodate all the quick costume changes required. Unfortunately, as directed by Carla Cackowski, this doesn't happen; instead, the action stops and starts when it should be fleet throughout. Jessa Orr's set is also somewhat lackluster, although David B. Marling's sound is consistently amusing, especially the very specific effect of Nicodemus screwing his wooden leg into its socket."
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Terry Morgan

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