Steve Martin’s THE UNDERPANTS
11/01 through 11/17/19
Written by Steve Martin
Directed by Lynne Colatrella
The renowned comic actor and author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile provides a wild satire adapted from the classic German play about Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise's bloomers fall down in public. Though she pulls them up quickly, he thinks the incident will cost him his job as a government clerk. Louise's momentary display does not result in the feared scandal but it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Markes' home. Oblivious of their amorous objectives, Theo splits the room between them, happy to collect rent from both the foppish poet and the whiny hypochondriac.
The Underpants sends up the absurdity of instant fame.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
11/15 - 12/14
Book by Joseph Robinette
Music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Directed by Ben Frimmer
Music Direction by Greg Chrzczon
Choreography by Caitlin Roberts
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas.
Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!"
A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't.
Playwright: Abe Burrows
Director: Rich Mancini
November 4 & 5, 7pm to 9pm each night.
Performances: January 9 – 26, 2020
(Plus one week hold for potential extension through February 2.)
Classic 1965 Broadway comedy ran for three years and subsequently became a successful film. Story of Julian Winston, a handsome, middle-aged Park Avenue dentist and bachelor, who has told his much younger girlfriend Toni that he is married, in order to not make a commitment to her. Convinced that Julian won’t leave his wife and kids for her, Toni attempts a lame suicide,only to be saved by her younger neighbor Igor when he smells gas and breaks into her apartment. When Julian discovers that Toni tried to kill herself over him, he suddenly decides to marry Toni and tells her that his fictional wife also wants a divorce.Toni demands to meet her in order to make sure that she agrees to the divorce.Julian then gets his “old maid”nurse Stephanie, who is secretly in love with him, to pose as his wife, and the comedy ensues.What follows is a farcical collection of misunderstandings, lies and unexpected romance as Stephanie … the Cactus Flower … begins to bloom.