The Originals will present Steve Martin’s adaptation of “The Underpants,” a 1910 play written by Carl Sternheim, which opens Nov. 1 at the Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Road in Buxton.

The play, directed by Dana Packard, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Nov. 7, 8, 9; and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.

The play tells the story of Theo Maske, a government clerk, and his wife, Louise, whose bloomers fell to her ankles right in the middle of town as she stood on her tiptoes to wave at the passing king. At the same time, the couple has a room to rent. Chaos ensues as Louise, played by Jennifer Porter, and Theo, played by Peter Brown, face an influx of unprincipled prospective male lodgers, who eagerly try to catch a glimpse of the now infamous pair of underpants.

The play also features actors Brian Chamberlain, Linda Shary, Matt Kennedy, Harley Marshall and William McDonough III.

Based on the 1910 German farce “Die Hose” by Sternheim, Martin’s adaptation is a rollicking send-up of bourgeois snobbery and conformity. A press release describes it as “Drawing room comedy meets the slapstick of The Three Stooges.” The New York Times calls it, “Valiantly eccentric…Laugh-out-loud funny.” The New York Post calls it “a brilliant, hilarious, mad adaptation of an old play.”

The cost is $20 for adults, and $18 for students and seniors. The performance on Nov. 7 is free, but organizers ask that you pay what you can. To reserve a seat, call 929-5412.

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