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STEVE MARTIN’S HILARIOUS ADAPTATION OF 1910 PLAY IS MERCILESSLY COMIC
It’s 1913 and a Lady just doesn’t let her underpants slip onto her shoes while she waves at the King. It was the scandal of the day. There they were…her underpants were resting on her Ankles. Her prudish husband (a government clerk) is worried that this improper mishap will ruin his career. And this couldn’t have happened at a worst time for him. You see -- he is trying to rent out a spare room. But his wife Louise now will have a chance to drop her underpants more often because all the Tenants that want to rent are males.
Louise’s underpants became celebrity in their own right. The male boarders were lined up trying to rent the spare room. Not so much for the tiny room – but they think that if she lets her underpants slip down, maybe she might be interested in something more.
The play is witty -- its double entendre wording is just a hoot. This cast -- gives the words a salacious boost that keeps the laughs coming and coming.
Louise is bored with her stiff husband. And no – that is not a double entendre. But her home life is not a (‘Bowl of Cherries’).
Most of the interaction with the Tenants and her husband take place in the Kitchen – where lots of flirting goes on. It’s such juicy fun to watch.
THE CAST COULDN’T BE MORE FUN! THEY ARE: Riley Krull, David Vega, AJ Davenport, Paul Stout, Gabriel A. Ross and Michael Moerman. They are all crazily entertaining.
HAL GELB, the Director did a really swell job. And the Costume design by Scarlett Kellum kept the rest of the cast from dropping their underpants. Hector Zavala created the interesting Scenic Design.
· Carl Sternheim wrote the original play. Steve Martin adapted it.
RATING: THREE GLASSES OF CHAMPANGE!!! – trademarked-
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