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'The Mystery of Irma Vep' opens Friday, Sept. 27, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall

COURTESY PHOTO - Jay Hash and Justin Lazenby represent a collective of eight different characters in Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company's production of 'The Mystery of Irma Vep.' While some embrace fall for the cooler weather, colorful leaves and a variety of pumpkin-flavored goodies, others are excited by the coming of Halloween and the ghoulish personas the season celebrates.

In keeping with the spooky theme of autumn, the Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company will present "The Mystery of Irma Vep" by Charles Ludlam on Friday, Sept. 27.

Ludlam's three-act play not only features an array of eerie characters, such as vampires, werewolves and mummies, but acts as a satire of farce, penny dreadful, Victorian melodrama and other literary and film classics.

Director Kelly Lazenby said the company chose Ludlam's piece because the group's past few plays have been very serious dramas, such as "Agnes of God."

"We don't do enough things that are silly and this is a melodramatic farce," Lazenby said. "We're looking forward to kicking off a season of comedy."

The entirety of the production will be acted out by two men — Justin Lazenby and Jay Hash — who will play a cast of eight different characters.

"I like that it's two actors doing a lot of characters," Lazenby said. "It showcases their skills."

The play is appropriate for all ages, though some humor may be above younger audience member's comprehension. The production runs through Oct. 13, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and a matinee at 3 p.m. Sundays, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 Grange St., Boring.

"It's got everything from monsters to men in dresses, and it's full of tricks," Lazenby added. "It's very appropriate for Halloween, (and) a good kickoff to our season."

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