McAninch Arts Center
425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellyn
Steve Martin adapts Carl Sternheim's 1910 comedy "The Underpants" bringing to life this farce mixed with meaningful social commentary. The setting is Dusseldorf. The action begins when Louise, a beautiful but neglected young wife, is attending the king's parade and unexpectedly drops her drawers. Great concern overcomes her husband, Theo, as he fears a scandal and financial ruin. Yet, the incident attracts suitors to rent the spare room in their home while bringing underlying surprises of their own. The "underpants" bring fame and attention, but at what price? The New York Daily News says of the play, "Not since Monica Lewinsky's thong almost toppled a presidency has a pair of panties caused such a national fuss."
Thru - Feb 3, 2013
Show Type: Comedy
Box Office: 630-942-4000
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ChicagoCritic - Recommended
"... For a good date-night play,orfor mostany adultwhoseeks a funny light-hearted evening, I strongly recommend“Underpants”. Itis likely oneofthebest plays you will see in the suburbsthisyear. Thehumor flowed sofrequently that the 90 minutes flew by,and the conclusion arrived almost too quickly. This classic gem of a play will continue for many yearsbecause ofitscreative and thoughtful dialogue, ribaudhumor,and universal themes to which most can relate. You may see your relatives or friendsin thecharacters,ormaybeeven yourself!"
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Chicago Stage Standard - Recommended
"...I enjoyed the night, if only to witness the effortless comic turns of Walker and Tierney, who steal the show, and Wellhausen's deft hand at playing the coquette. And the set: wonderfully designed by Michael Moon. It was impressive in its absurd angularity. Gretchen Woodley's costume design was great and Jon Gantt's lighting design was functional. Amelia Barrett's direction was appropriately frenetic, though I did find the use of the canary tweets annoying (or did I miss the Twitter homage?)."