This play is Steve
Martin's adaptation of the farce by Carl Sternheim.
Set in 1910 Dusseldorf, Germany, The Underpants
opens with a scandalous situation: Louise is a young wife whose
underpants have accidentally fallen down in public. More concerned
losing his reputation and government job than his wife's comfort, her
husband Theo is happy to
rent their spare room to a number of male boarders who seem suddenly
interested in living there. From a poet to a barber to a scientist and
finally even the King, Louise has to deal with their secretive
onto adventure by her nosy upstairs neighbor, Gertrude.
This production served as a vehicle for our more
advanced students to showcase their talents, including scene design,
lighting design, and senior research in performance by Bimini Wright,
who played the central role and object of desire.
“At first it
seems silly that so many men are reduced to idiots by something as
simple as a glimpse of panties, until I remembered that our whole
entertainment and advertising industries are based on that kind of
- press statement by Ken McCoy