One could get pretentious and quote Steven Samuels's essay "Charles Ludlam: A Brief Life," which identifies Irma Vep as "a gothic romp on the theme of eternal love." (It is suggested that Lord Edgar and Lady Enid were lovers in a far sandier past life.) But that's pushing it. This innocent (despite more than a few double entendres), still-hilarious relic from the early, campy days of gay theater is more accurately described by director Veloudos as a "tour de farce," one for which he knew he had in the bald, blowzy Casey and the wiry, more intense Kuntz — both moving faster than a weekend excursion to Transylvania via Manderley, Thornfield, and Cairo — the perfect tourists.
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