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Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Mystery of Irma Vep

The Miami Herald makes a great point about a play I'd like to see:

Perhaps this is a bit presumptuous but I believe there are two kinds of theater goers in this town: those who don't mind werewolves in their plays and those who do. Call me elitist, but I tend to fall in the latter camp. While I haven't bothered to double check, I don't mind saying with some confidence that in the combined works of playwrights such as Shakespeare, Beckett and Chekhov, not a single werewolf could be found. With so many fine werewolf-free plays to choose from, I have a hard time discerning why one would go through the trouble and expense of staging a transmutative tale. Which is why I find it equally puzzling that I must admit an odd fondness for the Sol Theatre Project's production of The Mystery of Irma Vep, which not only features a werewolf but throws in a vampire and dancing mummy for good measure.
Just think what Shakespeare might have accomplished if he had worked in a vampire or werewolf into a few of his plays.


Blogger Curt said...

He had witches and ghosts, and is considered an important precursor of gothic.

3/06/2006 07:58:00 AM  

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