I see London, I see France

School of Theatre and Dance to stage ‘The Underpants’

Steve Martin

Steve Martin

“We’ve laughed our way through rehearsals,” Patricia Ridge says of her upcoming theater production of “The Underpants” at NIU. “There are a lot of fun surprises along the way.”

Adapted from Carl Sternheim’s classic farce, “Die Hose,” by renowned comedian and actor Steve Martin, “The Underpants” is a fast-paced comedy that will kick off the School of Theatre and Dance spring semester and open Thursday, Jan. 30.

Most well-known for his many comedic movies and television appearances, Martin is not quite as famous as a playwright. However, Ridge says, “You can certainly hear his voice in this.”

“The Underpants” tells the story of Louise and Theo Maske, a conservative couple living in Dusseldorf in 1910. He an unimportant government clerk and she an unappreciated housewife, they are met with scandal and celebrity when Louise makes an accidental public display during a parade to honor the king.

Martin’s quick wit and play on words sets the pace in this production, which runs 80 minutes with no intermission. With his unique brand of humor, Martin takes direct aim at the fleeting nature of fame and how scandal can either enhance or diminish a person’s standing in the world.

“The Underpants” runs Thursday, Jan. 30, through Sunday, Feb. 2, and from Thursday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 8, at its temporary performance space at the Huntley Middle School Auditorium, located at 1515 S Fourth St.  in DeKalb. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sunday, with an additional matinee beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

Ticket reservations and additional information are available at the NIU School of Theatre and Dance box office at (815) 753-1600. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for students.

This production of “The Underpants” is not affiliated with DeKalb Community Unit School District 428.

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