Vampire assaults, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian Princess all make an look in Island Metropolis Stage’s latest manufacturing of “The Thriller of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” by Charles Ludlam, operating June 9 – July 10. This hilarious send-up of gothic romance and horror movies, by which two actors and lightning-fast costume adjustments are the celebrities of the present, is a part of the award-winning theater firm’s tenth Anniversary 2021-22 South Florida Season.
Directed by Andy Rogow, this entertaining manufacturing is targeted on an English property haunted by the previous mistress who has not too long ago handed (or has she?). Add-in mummies, secret identities and a ton of madcap blunders all beneath the escapist guise of a gothic penny dreadful – grim quick tales made standard within the mid-1800s and turned out en masse. The twist, right here, is the excessive humor, 35 costume quick-changes and dozens of wigs that carry an eclectic forged of characters to life on this camp basic from Charles Ludlam (1943-1987), creator of New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Firm. “The Thriller of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” initially premiered in October 1984 on the Sheridan Sq. Playhouse in New York Metropolis the place it performed for 2 years, and it stays Ludlam’s hottest play.
“Charles Ludlam and The Ridiculous Theatrical Firm have been pioneers, now legends in LGBT+ theater, elevating camp to an artwork type and paving the way in which for firms like Island Metropolis Stage,” stated Andy Rogow, inventive director of Island Metropolis Stage. “We’re thrilled to carry this comedy cult theatre basic to South Florida for brand new audiences to get pleasure from!”
“The Thriller of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” stars Bruce Linser and Larry Buzzeo.
Bruce Linser is a South Florida actor and director who final appeared at Island Metropolis Stage as Philip in “The Pleasure.” Different favourite roles embrace Artie in “The Home of Blue Leaves” (Palm Seaside Dramaworks), Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone” (The Wick Theatre), and Cliff in “Cabaret” (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Favourite directing initiatives embrace “Man of La Mancha” and “Avenue Q” (MNM Theatre Firm), and Woody Guthrie’s “American Music and The Spitfire Grill” (Palm Seaside Dramaworks). He’s additionally the supervisor of the Dramaworkshop answerable for new play improvement at Palm Seaside Dramaworks. Linser is a member of Actors’ Fairness Affiliation and an affiliate member of the Stage Administrators and Choreographers Society.
As they are saying in Poltergeist, “He is baaack!” Proudly holding the excellence of “native actor who has appeared in probably the most Island Metropolis Stage productions,” Larry Buzzeo is ecstatic to reprise the position (or roles) for which he received the coveted Loafy award (a loaf of Cuban Bread) in Tampa, Florida, a decade in the past. Although a Stamford, Connecticut native, Buzzeo’s skilled theater life took root within the Sunshine State and Island Metropolis Stage is one among his favourite haunts. Fancying himself a personality actor, Buzzeo is grateful for the chance to carry some really colourful characters to life in Island Metropolis Stage productions together with “Pig Story,” “Hir,” “Gray Gardens,” “POZ,” “Daniel’s Husband” and virtually each “Shorts Gone Wild.” His comedy-horror credit additionally embrace Dr. Frank-n-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Image Present” (Gradual Burn Theatre) and Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in “Younger Frankenstein” (Pembroke Pines Theatre of Performing Arts).
“The Thriller of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” is sponsored by Robert Korn and Al Menendez with assist from Our Fund, the SHS Basis, the Broward County Cultural Council and Florida Division of State Division of Arts & Tradition.
Island Metropolis Stage’s tenth anniversary 2021-22 season kicked off with “The Twentieth Century Manner” by Tom Jacobson in October, adopted by “Armature” by Andrew Kramer and “Immediately Final Summer season” by Tennessee Williams.
Island Metropolis Stage is situated at 2304 N. Dixie Freeway in Wilton Manors. Present tickets are $35 every and can be found at islandcitystage.org/the-mystery-of-irma-vep.
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