SPRING HILL — A 15-year-old comedy by comedian/banjo player Steve Martin that is new to this area is one of eight shows announced for the 2018-19 season at Stage West Community Playhouse in Spring Hill.
It's The Underpants, an adaptation of the 1910 German farce Die Hose by Carl Sternheim, is described as "a farcical send-up of bourgeois snobbery and conformity." It debuted in a New York City Off-Broadway theater in 2002, and it's played in scores of theaters, from Hong Kong to McPherson, Kansas, since then.
Martin has written or co-written screenplays for The Jerk, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Man with Two Brains, Three Amigos and many others, as well as four stage plays, a television special and eight books.
The Underpants will be one of four plays in The Forum at Stage West and runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 4.
Other Forum shows include the John Steinbeck drama, Of Mice and Men, the backstage comedy, Noises Off, and a variety show, Duets and Vignettes.
The Main Stage season features three musicals: Stephen Sondheim's fantasy, Into the Woods, the kid-friendly Annie, and the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, as well as the dramedy Steel Magnolias. It's a return for three of the shows, with Beauty and the Beast the only newcomer to Stage West.
Individual and season ticket prices are the same as this season. Individual shows on the Main Stage are $25; at the Forum, they're $20. All eights shows are $125, a savings of $55 over buying tickets individually
Four Main Stage shows are available as a package for $85, or four Forum shows for $70. A mid-season ticket for Steel Magnolias, Beauty and the Beast, Of Mice and Men and Noises Off is $75.
Shows are presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays and Saturdays.
Sept. 27-Oct. 7: Into the Woods, a humorous musical fairy tale with serious messages
Nov. 29-Dec. 9: Annie, based on the comic strip characters
Jan. 10-20: Steel Magnolias, a warm dramedy of love and loss
Jan. 31-Feb. 10: Beauty and the Beast, based on the Grimm brothers' fairy tale and the Disney movie
Oct. 25-Nov. 4: The Underpants, a farce by comedian Steve Martin
March 14-24, 2019: Of Mice and Men, a drama by John Steinbeck
April 4-14, 2019: Noises Off, a comedy
May 9-19, 2019: Duets and Vignettes