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The Underpants

The cast of "The Underpants" poses on stage before a rehearsal at the Mason City Community Theatre.

MASON CITY | Mason City Community Theatre’s latest production “The Underpants” is one adults looking for a good laugh won’t want to miss.

That’s what director Sarah Raymond said about the Steve Martin adaption of the early 1900s German farce “Die Hose” by playwright Carl Sternheim.

“If you want a night away and you need a good laugh, then come on down because we’ve got it for you,” she said. “You won’t leave without having laughed with us.”

The comedy follows the story of Louise and Theo Markes, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers fall down in public, and the incident’s aftermath. Though she pulls them up quickly, Theo is convinced the incident will cost him his government clerk job, but instead, it attracts two infatuated men, each of whom want to rent the spare room in the Markes’ house. Oblivious to their interests, Theo splits the room between them happy to collect rent.

Raymond, who’s performed and directed at the theatre since 2014, said she chose the play because of its humor.

“We actually have been talking about doing it for a while,” she said. “Backstage we’d laugh about scripts while doing other show, and this one kept coming up.”

Raymond said the show’s “off-the-cuff humor” and innuendos aren’t suitable for “little ones.”

“It’s not a family show,” she said, rating it TV-14.

Michelle Murray and Mark Bonzer, who play Louise and Theo Markes, respectively, said the humor is what drew them to the community theatre production.

The two veteran North Iowa actors said this show, however, is quite challenging.

“I’m on stage like almost all the time,” Murray said, while Bonzer said his “1910 Archie Bunker” character and how he treats people, which is unlike any he’s played before, is what makes this show a challenge.

Raymond said “The Underpants” cast, comprising six individuals, is the best ever.

“I haven’t had a worry or care. They come every night and work hard for me, and they’re so good about it,” she said.

Bonzer agreed.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be working with so many people who have that kind of experience,” he said. “That makes a difficult play so much easier.”

Bonzer, Murray and Raymond said the play is fun and they hope people come out and see it.

“When you come here, you’re hardly ever disappointed,” Murray said.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.



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