The Mystery of Irma Vep

by Charles Ludlam

December 5, 2014 - January 10, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm
- Winningstad Theater -
1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes including 2 intermissions

Last year Third Rail made a splash at the holidays with our record-setting production of NOISES OFF, which many consider the funniest play written in the past 25 years. This year we’re at it again with perhaps the funniest American play of the past 25 years: Charles Ludlam’s quick change romp, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP.

Two actors play all the roles in this hilarious send up of Victorian melodrama, farce, 50’s horror movies, Wuthering Heights, and Hitchcock’s Rebecca. With elaborate quick changes performed in mere seconds, wildly absurd characters, and an absolute distaste for anything serious, IRMA VEP should be the perfect gut-busting escape from all that holiday noise!


This is a raspberry-cream layer cake of surprises, each sweeter and sillier than the next ... read moreCarol Wells, The Oregonian
...they're clearly having the time of their lives. And so will you. Irma Vep - watch for the anagram there - is one of the best laugh-out-loud farces I've ever seen. See it soon, before Mr. Norby and Mr. Lamb pass out from exhaustion ... read morePatrick Brassel,
Third Rail Rep’s production is as close to a flawless show as you’re likely to run into for a long time ... read moreBob Hicks, Oregon Arts Watch

Production Images

Photos by Owen Carey