Steve Martin's Stage Comedy The Underpants
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The last date listed for The Underpants was Saturday July 30, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Albert is an ex-con trying to build a better life for himself after some time spent unjustly imprisoned. Bitter and isolated, Albert's finally able to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel when he finds a job working alongside his niece at Contrapasso's book restoration shop. Sure, some things certainly seem amiss at Contrapasso's, but Albert knows not to ask too many questions, and is happy to look the other way. That is, until it becomes clear that his new boss is a murderer. And when the police suspect Albert of the crimes, he'll have to prove his innocence by any means necessary. MadKap Productions' presentation of Corpus Delicti marks the world premiere of this tale of poetic justice from Chicago playwright David Alex. Learn More
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All in all it was an amusing performance.
The leading lady acted very naturally and subtly.
Her male partners,especially husband, overplayed heavily and that would have turned
this comedy into a cheep farce had it not been for Jessica Maynard who counterpoised them heroically.
Supporting actress - Calidona Olivares was a great help also.
The play itself is very funny and well build save for the persistent scotological jokes.
The truly beautiful set and costume design was accomplished by Jacob Christofer Green.
What a wonderful artist.
On the whole it is, certainly, worth seeing.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Laugh-out-loud funny.” --<em>New York Times</em>
By Carl Sternheim
Adapted by Steve Martin
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal, but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes’ home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.