Three stars

Butler Theatre Department, Lilly Theater at Butler University; April 18-22

In this Steve Martin adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s 1910 work The Underpants, Louise finds herself in quite the situation when her underpants fall down during a parade. Consequently, she has to deal with her husband’s reaction to that, along with two suitors who have become enamored with her after seeing her underpants. I enjoyed the actors — Kent Livingston stole the show with his poet romanticist Versati, one of the men eager to have Louise as his own, and Amy Genovas as Louise’s nosy and cheeky friend Gertrude. This play could go many ways, as social commentary, or as historical piece, but Martin took it in another direction. In essence, I felt this story was simply about two guys trying to get in a girl’s pants. While the subjects of desire, love and lust can be exciting, it’s everywhere in our culture. There were other themes in this play, yet they were unfortunately overshadowed by Martin’s oversexed ideas.

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