Mayhem, murder, and mummies on tap in Chagrin Falls

September 10, 2018 by  

With Halloween on the way, ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ will hold its timely opening soon at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. A clue on what type of creature ‘Irma Vep’ is can be found by rearranging the letters in her name.

The play, the work of Charles Ludlam, comes complete with werewolves, ghosts, vampires, and mummies, all roaming a Victorian manor house that comes complete with a housekeeper and butler. The three-act confection satirizes a number of genres found in film, literature, and the theater, drawing inspiration from Hitchcock’s version of ‘Rebecca’, the Emily Bronte book ‘Wuthering Heights’, and ‘Les Vampires’, a French silent film serial about a criminal gang.

The plot involves an Egyptologist who, accompanied by his second wife, tries to solve the mystery of his first wife’s death. The play has only two actors who have approximately 35 costume changes in the course of the evening. Brian Diehl and Don Bernardo are doing the heavy lifting; Diehl will be familiar to Chagrin Falls audiences from his appearance in ‘Spamalot’ in 2016. Managers of productions like this can use poster printing to advertise the show, since they also make for great keepsakes.

The show runs for eight performances on the Fridays and Saturdays between September 21 and October 13. The curtain goes up at 8:00 pm on the weekends, with matinees on two Sundays – September 23 and 30 – at 2:00 pm. Tickets for adults are $19, while students and seniors are $15.