School of Theatre and Dance to stage âThe Underpantsâ
Adapted from Carl Sternheimâs classic farce,Â âDie Hose,â by renowned comedian and actor Steve Martin, âThe Underpantsâ 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, âYou can certainly hear his voice in this.â
âThe Underpantsâ 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.
Martinâs 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 personâs standing in the world.
âThe Underpantsâ 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.Â 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 âThe Underpantsâ is not affiliated with DeKalb Community Unit School District 428.