Posted by lemonjelly on:
The Ensemble Theatre has been putting out a number of good plays this year, and the final one for 2010 is the most entertaining of the lot, imho.
The Mystery of Irma Vep, by Charles Ludlam, challenges two actors to fill the roles of all the characters, which pits the talent of acting with the talent of timing all the costume changes.
I won't give any of the plot line away, except to say that it's lighthearted, witty, very funny, very clever, silly, and did I say it's very funny? And oh yes, the actors spend a lot of time in drag, belting out falsetto voices. And it's the closest Santa Barbara probably comes to the British christmas tradition of the pantomime.
If you've been, you know this is a good one. If you've not been, and are thinking about it, do not skip reading the program handout, it's an unexpected treat of creative composition.
The play runs from 2-26 December, there's still time left.