The Mystery of Irma Vep

Last night I returned to the Esther Bricques winery to partake is some classic dinner theatre with my uncle. It was a truly cultured affair. (I keep trying to forget how much I love theatre, and it keeps not working. I’m not really sure what to do with that at this point.)

The name of the play was The Mystery of Irma Vep, and it was performed by two men. I’m not really sure how large the cast is *supposed* to be, but there are about 8 characters, and watching these two men race behind the set to throw on wigs and moustaches and the occasional evening gown was absolutely superb.  (I may or may not absolutely want to do a version of this play with two women, just to see how it would change, but that’s beside the point.)

There were some really great lines in the show, and it was really fantastically delivered.

One of my favourite zing-y lines was “Virginity is like a balloon at a carnival: it disappears at the first prick”. ZING!*
There were times when the actors would trip over the grass behind the set; there were times when bits of the set would almost fall over; there were wardrobe malfunctions and the occasional awkward line… the whole time everyone was so clearly so happy to be involved in the project.
It was perfect.
Joy is contagious, and that is the true magic sometimes.

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