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‘Mystery of Irma Vep’ is a tour de force for Epp, Greenwald at the Jungle Theater

One part “Dark Shadows,” one part camp adventure, “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is all fun in its current production at the Jungle Theater.

One part “Dark Shadows,” one part camp adventure, “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is all fun in its current production at the Jungle Theater. Using a pair of talented actors mixed with clever staging, Charles Ludlam’s “penny dreadful” comes to full, dazzling light.

The epic tale features vampires, werewolves, an Egyptian mummy and long-building murderous plot. The action centers on Mandacrest, the ancestral home of the Hillcrests, a family with deep roots and deeper mysteries. The titular Vep is the lord’s first wife, who died under, of course, mysterious circumstances. He brought home a new bride, Enid, a former actress who is having a hard time fitting into life on the moors.

And it’s no surprise, as there are dark creatures about, all seemingly set on destroying them. The lord and lady try to cope, but Enid falls seemingly into madness while Edgar becomes lost in his own obsessions, including a side trip to Egypt in search of a deathless princess.

It all hangs together, to a point, but in the end it’s not about the story. What “Irma Vep” ultimately provides is a tour de force for a pair of game actors, who take on a bevy of roles through the show, sometimes portraying two of their characters at the same time.

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Into these shoes step longtime Theatre de la Jeune Lune company member Steven Epp and the equally versatile Bradley Greenwald. The two balance on the edge of pure camp, without going over. And even when that aspect gets overwhelming, there are still the quick-changing actors to focus on, such as Epp’s housemaid, Jane, or Greenwald’s  wooden-legged Nicodemus (whose leg, it is revealed, is from a table).

The actors are only part of all of this. Joel  Sass’ direction and set are both delights. Between the skills of the actors and the firm, quick pace, you sometimes forget there are only two actors involved. And there are occasional special effects that even bring out a few scares, including a great moment near the end of the first act.

From top to bottom, “The Mystery of Irma Vep”  is a delightful evening that puts two talented actors through quick changes and brings out the comedy ­ and even a few scares ­ of the story.

“The Mystery of Irma Vep” runs through Aug. 1 at the Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets are $20-$35. For information, call 612-822-7063 or visit online.