Vampire assaults, werewolf sightings, and the resurrection of an Egyptian Princess all make an look in Island Metropolis Stage’s newest manufacturing of “The Thriller of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” by Charles Ludlam, working June 9 – July 10. This hilarious send-up of gothic romance and horror motion pictures, by which two actors and lightning-fast costume changes are the celebrities of the current, is part of the award-winning theater agency’s tenth Anniversary 2021-22 South Florida Season.
Directed by Andy Rogow, this entertaining manufacturing is focused on an English property haunted by the earlier mistress who has not too way back 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 fast tales made customary inside the mid-1800s and turned out en masse. The twist, proper right here, is the extreme humor, 35 costume quick-changes and dozens of wigs that carry an eclectic cast of characters to life on this camp fundamental from Charles Ludlam (1943-1987), creator of New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Agency. “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 carried out for two years, and it stays Ludlam’s hottest play.
“Charles Ludlam and The Ridiculous Theatrical Agency have been pioneers, now legends in LGBT+ theater, elevating camp to an paintings sort and paving the way in which wherein for companies like Island Metropolis Stage,” said Andy Rogow, creative director of Island Metropolis Stage. “We’re thrilled to hold this comedy cult theatre fundamental to South Florida for model new audiences to benefit 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 ultimate appeared at Island Metropolis Stage as Philip in “The Pleasure.” Totally different favorite roles embrace Artie in “The Residence of Blue Leaves” (Palm Seaside Dramaworks), Man in Chair in “The Drowsy Chaperone” (The Wick Theatre), and Cliff in “Cabaret” (Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Favorite directing initiatives embrace “Man of La Mancha” and “Avenue Q” (MNM Theatre Agency), and Woody Guthrie’s “American Music and The Spitfire Grill” (Palm Seaside Dramaworks). He’s moreover the supervisor of the Dramaworkshop answerable for brand spanking new play enchancment at Palm Seaside Dramaworks. Linser is a member of Actors’ Equity Affiliation and an affiliate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
As they’re saying in Poltergeist, “He’s baaack!” Proudly holding the excellence of “native actor who has appeared in in all probability essentially the most Island Metropolis Stage productions,” Larry Buzzeo is ecstatic to reprise the place (or roles) for which he acquired the coveted Loafy award (a loaf of Cuban Bread) in Tampa, Florida, a decade up to now. Though a Stamford, Connecticut native, Buzzeo’s expert theater life took root inside the Sunshine State and Island Metropolis Stage is one amongst his favorite haunts. Fancying himself a character actor, Buzzeo is grateful for the prospect to hold some actually vibrant characters to life in Island Metropolis Stage productions along with “Pig Story,” “Hir,” “Grey Gardens,” “POZ,” “Daniel’s Husband” and nearly every “Shorts Gone Wild.” His comedy-horror credit score moreover embrace Dr. Frank-n-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Current” (Gradual Burn Theatre) and Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in “Youthful Frankenstein” (Pembroke Pines Theatre of Performing Arts).
“The Thriller of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” is sponsored by Robert Korn and Al Menendez with help from Our Fund, the SHS Foundation, the Broward County Cultural Council and Florida Division of State Division of Arts & Custom.
Island Metropolis Stage’s tenth anniversary 2021-22 season kicked off with “The Twentieth Century Method” by Tom Jacobson in October, adopted by “Armature” by Andrew Kramer and “Instantly Remaining Summer time season” by Tennessee Williams.
Island Metropolis Stage is located at 2304 N. Dixie Freeway in Wilton Manors. Current tickets are $35 each and may be discovered at islandcitystage.org/the-mystery-of-irma-vep.
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