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The Underpants: A Play by Carl Sternheim

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Theobald Maske has an unusual problem: his wife's underpants won't stay on. One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town--a public scandal! Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own. In The Underpants, Steve Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce. His hilarious new version was staged by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, and opened in March '02 on Off-Broadway to critical acclaim.

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Martin brings his comic genius and sophisticated literary style to Carl Sternheim's classic 1910 farce. His hilarious new version was staged by Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, and opened in March 2002 on Off-Broadway to critical acclaim. (Plays/Drama)

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Steve Martin is a celebrated writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times. He lives in New York and Los Angeles.

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P.M. Bradshaw, August 21, 2012 (view all comments by P.M. Bradshaw)
The Underpants is a 1910 play written by Carl Sternheim. Mr. Martin has re-written it in an attempt to turn it from a farce into a broad comedy. I saw it performed in 2011 at the Beck Center for the Arts, and I then I read it, also.

While the play is amusing at first, it grows tiresome. The (somewhat) sexual escapades of bored housewife, Louise, quickly take on the likeness of a wacky episode of “Three’s Company.” But without John Ritter’s pratfalls, the jokes begin to fall flat, and the play drags on and on.

The inherent male-dominance of the day becomes misogyny at times, and after awhile, I was left wondering if some of those lines were supposed to be ironically funny, or just mean.

This is not a play I would see or read again.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786888245
Subtitle:
A Play by Carl Sternheim
Adapted:
Martin, Steve
Author:
Sternheim, Carl
Author:
Martin, Steve
Adapted by:
Martin, Steve
Adapted:
Martin, Steve
Publisher:
Hyperion
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Farces.
Subject:
Drama, German
Subject:
Infidelity
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Drama-American Anthology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
TradePB
Series Volume:
107-526
Publication Date:
20021120
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
152
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 5.2 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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