The Mystery of Irma Vep

Andrew Stephens, Saturday the 28th of April, 2012 in Happening

The Mystery of Irma Vep is convoluted play involving the dark gothic goings-on at a remote manor deep in the mist shrouded (and wolf infested) moors This post was automatically imported from my old sandfly.net.nz blog. It may look a little weird since it was not originally written for this format.. The previous lady of the manor died in mysterious circumstances some three years hence, and her replacement is noticing some strange happenings...

Needless to say, this is a very silly play, made sillier by the fact that all the characters are played by the same two actors - the ubiquitous (both in this play and in New Zealand in general) Oliver Driver and Michael Hurst. Apart from the ridiculous plot developments, much of the humor springs from the curlicues that the play employs to avoid two characters played by the same person from meeting on stage. The closest thing I could compare it to is The Mighty Boosh, the humor is very similar. Along with the performances, the stage direction is great and really adds to the atmosphere.

Highly recommended