Nutz-n-Boltz Halloween farce leaves audience howling
Just imagine if John Cleese and Eric Idle came together to perform a parody of "Wuthering Heights," and they threw in a werewolf, a vampire and a mummy for good measure. That is almost exactly what you can expect from Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Company's production of "The Mystery of Irma Vep," which premiered this weekend at the theater, 27861 Grange St., Boring.
Together, Justin Lazenby and Jay Hash portray a band of hysterical and horrific characters in a comedy made for the Halloween season. You'll be laughing from the first time Lazenby glides on stage as Jane Twisden, donned in a gray maid's frock, with men's pants and loafers protruding below.
The play is a perfect mix of physical comedy and dry play on words.
Though Nutz-n-Boltz is a small theater, the set did not disappoint either. If anything the use of limited space and variety of entry points offered within the Victorian-style drawing room of fictional Mandecrest, only helped make the numerous costume changes seem even more seamless.
The company's use of film clips to distinguish between the drawing room and Lord Edgar's (Lazenby) trek through Cairo was resourceful and humorous. The fact they went the extra mile to add a clip of Lazenby and Hash in amongst old black and white scenes of Egypt only added to the hilarity.
At its heart, "The Mystery of Irma Vep" is a campy celebration of the horror genre, and Lazenby and Hash pay homage to that vision wonderfully with thick layers of satire, over-the-top facial expression and just plain good acting.
So, if you've been in need of a good laugh lately, go watch Lazenby and Hash talk to themselves for two hours. Just as Director Kelly Lazenby told The Post "It's got everything. Monsters and men in dresses."
What's not to love?
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