Unravel “The Mystery of Irma Vep” at Sacramento Theatre Company

Greg Alexander and Benjamin T. Ismail. Photo by Kelly Christoffersen.

Greg Alexander as Jane Twisden and Benjamin T. Ismail as Nicodemus Underwood in “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” Photo by Kelly Christoffersen.

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).

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