Photo Flash: First Look At THE UNDERPANTS At The San Diego Old Globe
Directed by multiple-award winner Walter Bobbie (Globe and Broadway's Bright Star, Broadway's Venus in Fur, Chicago) and adapted from Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, the play was originally commissioned by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelsteinwhen he ran New York's Classic Stage Company.
This is the fourth Martin work in recent seasons at the Globe, from 2014's world premiere musical Bright Star, which went on to Broadway and five Tony Award nominations, to 2016's twice-extended, world-premiere comedy Meteor Shower, to 2017's smash-hit revival of Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
The Underpants begins performances July 27 and has already been extended by popular demand to run through September 1, 2019 in the Sheryl and Harvey WhiteTheatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.
A riotous farce adapted from a playwright often dubbed "the German Molière." Newly married Louise is bored with her demanding and uptight bureaucrat husband. Then one day at the royal parade, she jumps up on a bench to see the king go by, and oops!-her bloomers come loose and fall down around her ankles, right in front of everyone. Her husband is frantic with worry about losing his job and their reputation. But suddenly the room they've been trying to rent out has plenty of takers, and it just might have something to do with...the underpants. Legendary comedian and writer Steve Martin, who gave Globe audiences world premiere hits like Bright Star and Meteor Shower, makes Carl Sternheim's "racy" German comedy a hilarious look at female empowerment, sudden fame, and the idiocy a beautiful woman inspires in the men who love her. The New York Times calls it "an amalgam of comic book and social commentary made out of sex jokes, slamming doors, and sophisticated repartee. The Underpants is often laugh-out-loud funny!"
The cast includes Jeff Blumenkrantz as Klinglehoff (Globe's Damn Yankees, Broadway's Bright Star, Off Broadway's Murder for Two, Fosse/Verdon), Michael Bradley Cohen as Benjamin Cohen (Henry V, Twelfth Night for The Public Theater's Mobile Unit, Punchdrunk's Sleep No More), Regina De Vera as Louise Maske (The Merchant of Venice for Tanghalang Pilipino Actors' Company, Into the Woods, Three Sisters, Mother Courage and Her Children at The Juilliard School), Joanna Glushak as Gertrude Deuter (Broadway's A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and War Paint, Gloria: A Life, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"), Eddie Kaye Thomas as Theo Maske (Broadway's The Diary of Anne Frank and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, American Pie, Harold & Kumar, "Scorpion"), Luis Vega as Frank Versati (The Humans national tour, As You Like It at Guthrie Theater, Seize the King at La Jolla Playhouse), and Kris Zarif as King (Globe's A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Triad Productions, tempOdyssey at Teatro ALTO).
Photo Credit: Jim Cox
Joanna Glushak and Regina De Vera
Regina De Vera and Jeff Blumenkrantz
Regina De Vera and Luis Vega
Michael Bradley Cohen and Regina De Vera
Regina De Vera and Joanna Glushak
Regina De Vera and Eddie Kaye Thomas