The Underpants | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 30 2011
Price: $20-$25
The foundational garment in question belongs to Theo's young wife, Louise, and when it falls down around her ankles in public--at the king's parade in pre-World War I Dusseldorf, no less--it ignites a firestorm. Suitors start circling in the shallows while Theo skates on the thin ice above. A nosy neighbor schemes. Affairs are planned. Steve Martin's manic hand is evident in his adaptation of Carl Sternheim's comedy, directed here by Lavina Jadhwani for Hubris Productions. A lively cast explodes out of the gate, but most of the one-liners are dropped with a heavy self-consciousness. In the end there's too much of style in the dialogue to stage well without a higher caliber of delivery. --Keith Griffith



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