The Underpants

The Underpants

by Carl Sternheim, adapted by Steve Martin, directed by Robert Currier
The Underpants
May 11—June 17, 2007
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm (May 27, June 3, 10, 17), Thursdays at 7:30pm (May 24, 31, June 7, 14) , "Pay What You Will" on 5/18
Steve Martin has made a wild and crazy adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 classic German comedy Die Hose. This is the hilarious, bawdy tale of the chaos that occurs when a neglected housewife’s underpants fall down while she’s observing a full dress military parade, just as the Kaiser goes by! Not only does this unnerve her small-time bureaucrat husband, who fears for his job, but it suddenly attracts some determined new admirers who show up to rent a room in the couple’s house. An outrageous but utterly-believable look at feminism, politics and sexism, brought up to date with comic genius and sophisticated style. This show proves that “German comedy” is not an oxymoron after all.
(in order of appearance)
Kurt Gundersen (Theo Maske)
Michelle Pava Mills (Louise Maske)
Maureen O'Donoghue (Gertrude Deuter)
Matthew Boucher (Frank Versati)
Philip Goleman (Benjamin Cohen)
Mark Shepard (Klinglehoff)
Matthew Boucher (The King)
Production Staff
Director: Robert Currier
Production Manager: Maureen O'Donoghue
Set Design: Bruce Lackovic
Light Design: Les Lizama
Sound Design and Original Music: Billie Cox
Costume Design: Jan Koprowski
Property Design: Sue Anderson
Stage Manager: Shelley Sanborn
Booth Operator: Tom Kushner
Box Office Manager: Shelley Sanborn
Graphic Design: Ron Severdia
Publicity Coordinators: Suzie Hughes, Tinka Ross
Volunteer Coordinator: Susan Suomi
Publicist: Kim Taylor


REVIEWS (Write your own review.)
"...full of human grandiosity and pathos, silliness and bravery, philosophy and farting...played by a riotously talented group and flawlessly directed by Robert Currier."
–Jaime Robles, The Piedmont Post

"RVP presents this lively comedy with a brilliant cast under the direction of Robert Currier. The delivery in rhythm, tempo, and pitch definitely screams 'Steve Martin'... Philip Goleman has the audience in tears of laughter throughout the play in his role of Benjamin Cohen..."
–Maria Vrobel, Listen & Be Heard

"...the cast is very good...'The Underpants' is worth seeing. Worthy of the guilty pleasure of a peek."
–Mark Langton, Marin Independent Journal

"...Director Robert Currier is adept at the slapstick and the bawdy...his direction on the small stage of the Barn Theatre is tight, direct and winning...boisterously titillating...outrageous, romantic and giddy from moment to moment..."
–Olga Azar, Marin Scope Community Newspapers

"...unconditionally and absolutely hilarious!"
–Jeffrey Smith, For All Events

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