Just Opened: The Mystery of Irma Vep

A review of Third Rail's production of Charles Ludlam's cross-dressing romp.

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Arts & Books
Third Rail’s The Mystery of Irma Vep leaves little doubt about one thing: Co-stars Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby have got chops. Charles Ludlam’s 1984 cross-dressing romp—two actors, seven characters, countless costume changes—requires its performers to juggle wildly divergent accents and attitudes across a nonsensical storyline that draws from Hitchcock’s Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, ...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Midsummer (Third Rail Repertory)

Love, Elmo and Japanese rope bondage, set to song.


Theater
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers on the streets of Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitle   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Sweet and Sad (Third Rail Repertory)

How ’bout them Apples?


Theater
Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch,   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Bright New Boise (Third Rail Repertory)

The end times at the strip mall.


Theater
If Tolstoy was right—that in all great literature, a man either goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town—there’s hardly a clearer example of the latter than A Bright New Boise. Samuel   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Aliens (Third Rail Repertory)

They’re only human.


Theater
Since her first play stunned New York audiences four years ago, Annie Baker, 31, has gone from obscurity to acclaim. In that time, critics have scraped away at her plays, trying to unearth what ma   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

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