Category Archives: The Underpants

Cultural references in The Underpants, the sequel: more things we looked up so you don’t have to

We at LWT are trying to get up to date on our cultural references and there are certainly a bunch of them in The Underpants, now playing on the Mainstage. We are in good shape talking about the latest MLB playoff game, the “Breaking Bad” finale, or what’s playing in New York, but when it… Continue reading →

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Cultural references in The Underpants: We looked them up so you don’t have to

Steve Martin is a smart guy. Everyone knows it. He writes books and plays. He acts in movies. He’s very clever on Twitter (seriously, here is the link; he’s hilarious https://twitter.com/stevemartintogo) He dances around with arrows on his head (not anymore, he smartened up!) he is also an inveterate intellectual name dropper. Littered through The… Continue reading →

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Long Wharf Theatre advice: How to deal with royalty

Dealing with royalty is a maze of do and don’ts, all of which are geared towards assuring proper obeisance and respect towards the royal personage. Yet one slip up could lead towards utter and complete social catastrophe (meaning one doesn’t get invited to any more royal parties.) Needless to say, dropping one’s drawers in public,… Continue reading →

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First rehearsal: The Underpants, “a gloriously hilarious comedy”

With all of the preparation to get ready for the first rehearsal of The Underpants by Steve Martin, one would have to forgive Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein for being a bit confused. “It’s a beautiful day today, which is an auspicious beginning for the opening of our 19 … 19? 2013-14 season,” he said to… Continue reading →

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Meet Carl Sternheim, the author of Die Hose, Steve Martin’s inspiration for The Underpants

Steve Martin may be the most famous name attached to The Underpants, but he wouldn’t be anywhere if not for the initial efforts of German dramatist Carl Sternheim. “Sternheim’s play is ribald, satirical, self-referential, and quirky. I hope I have retained those elements and assured my place in heaven – I mean, served the playwright’s… Continue reading →

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