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Arvin Van Zante in “The Underpants”

USP’s Arvin Van Zante will be performing as the King in Steve Martin’s "The Underpants" with StageWest Theater Company at the Civic Center’s Stoner Theater the first two weekends in May.  Show dates are 5/4 – 5/6 and 5/9 – 5/13.  Tickets are available at the Civic Center ticket office or through Ticketmaster.  Infomation is available at or (515) 309-0251. 

    "The Underpants" is sex, lies and lingerie as Martin adapts Carl Sternheim’s classic German comedy, Die Hose.  The Underpants embraces the chaos that befalls a neglected housewife whose underpants fall down during the procession of the King, creating a public scandal and earning some determined new admirers.  Martin uses saucy jokes, witty wordplay, slamming doors, and sophisticated literary style to lampoon our contemporary culture’s fascination with fame.

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