THE UNDERPANTS Review

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Brian Griffin as Versati, Erin Ward as Louise Maske, Michael Hall as Cohen & Randy Lee Bailey as Theo Maske. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Brian Griffin as Versati, Erin Ward as Louise Maske, Michael Hall as Cohen & Randy Lee Bailey as Theo Maske. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

THE UNDERPANTS presented by The Carnegie through April 26. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

As the lights come up and music plays, Theo Maske (Randy lee Baily) and his wife, Louise (Erin Ward) have a pantomimed confrontation over “The Underpants” incident. I thought this was a great introduction to the farce I was about to see. Unfortunately once the dialogue started, that energy seemed to disappear, offering a very sedate and conversational farce for the most part. As the second act progressed toward its hectic conclusion the energy level did reach farce-level.

Tom Manning as Klinglehoff, Jodie Schwegmann-Meyn as Gertrude & Erin Ward as Louise Maske. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Tom Manning as Klinglehoff, Jodie Schwegmann-Meyn as Gertrude & Erin Ward as Louise Maske. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Among the talented ensemble, I really enjoyed Jodie Schwegmann-Meyn as Gertrude. Every time she entered a scene, she brought a great character and great energy to the stage. Tom Manning’s character of Klinlehoff makes an appearance late in the second act. It’s a fun role but I had issues understanding his dialogue at times.

Randy Lee Bailey as Theo Maske & Erin Ward as his wife Louise, Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Randy Lee Bailey as Theo Maske & Erin Ward as his wife Louise, Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

The set was a stand out element of the production. Scenic designer Ryan Howell created a great multi-level play space. The color scheme of the set complemented the colors of the theater so well that the set looked like it belong there.

Overall a good production that hasn’t found its equilibrium yet in characterization and tone.

My rating: 3.75 out of 5

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