By Carl Sternheim
September 2-24, 2005
Directed by Rhonda Clark
"Don't underestimate the power of a glimpse of
lingerie!" shouts an uptight government clerk. When
the garment in question belongs to his beautiful wife and the setting is the
rather repressed Germany of 1910, he may have a point.
king's parade, Louise climbed on a bench for a better
view, but her pantaloons headed south, and the surrounding crowd got the best
view of all.
that his government career is finished, that their chances for renting the spare
room are over, and they are doomed to financial ruin. However, their spare room
becomes the hottest commodity in Dusseldorf, as several men who caught a glimpse
at the parade vie for more than a glimpse of the lady of the house.
celebrity status is exhilarating for a young wife in a sexless marriage, and
when her prying neighbor urges her on, Louise abandons her inhibitions and the
Steve Martinís adaptation of Carl Sternheimís 1910 farce "Die
Hose" is brimming with rapid-fire wit, double
entendres and fast-paced action. The comedian may be best known for such movies
as FATHER OF THE BRIDE, DIRTY
ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and THE JERK, but he is also an Emmy-winning television
writer, playwright, novelist and essayist. His first play
PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, about the
mythical meeting of Picasso and Einstein in a Paris bar, broke box office
records around the country, and delighted Carpenter Square audiences five years
ago. Two of the current cast members also appeared in that production at
Carpenter Square Theatre is the recipient of a project assistance grant from the
Oklahoma Arts Council for this production. The theater is an Allied Arts member
agency and this production is an Allied Arts Star Card event.
THE UNDERPANTS is rated PG.