Be prepared for a lot of laughs and a little bit of intrigue at Sacramento Theatre Company’s production of Charles Ludlam’s The Mystery of Irma Vep. Set in STC’s smaller Pollock Stage, the theatre sets an up-close scene of an English manor and, later, an Egyptian tomb for this melodramatic farce.
With two actors, eight characters, and 35 costume changes The Mystery of Irma Vep is a whirlwind romp through a series of humorous scenes and supernatural events. Expect encounters with werewolves, mummies, and the like, with a little self-aware humor thrown in for good measure. Actors Greg Alexander and Benjamin T. Ismail flit seamlessly from role-to-role, carrying the dialogue offstage when necessary to accommodate speedy character changes.
Each play of Sacramento Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season is paired with a community partner that aligns with the show’s theme. BloodSource is matched with Irma Vep, and — if you rearrange the letters of play’s name — it makes perfect sense.
The play runs through December 16 with performances on Wednesdays & Thursdays 12:30pm & 6:30pm, Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 2pm & 8pm, and Sundays 2pm. Arrive 45 minutes prior to each show for a prologue, giving background and insights to the play. Tickets are available online or by calling (916) 443-6722.
The 2012-2013 Sacramento Theatre Company season continues with BARK! The Musical (Jan 9-Feb 17), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Feb 27-Mar 24), Master Harold…And The Boys (Mar 27-May 6), and A Little Princess (April 24-May 19).