The Underpants Steve Martin Adapted from Carl Sternheim September 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 @ 7:30-10:00 and on September 19 & 26 @ 2:00p.m. - 5:30 p.m. From the author of Picasso at the Lapine Agile comes this exquisite adaptation of a classic German farce. Louise and Theo’s bourgeois existence is shattered when Louise’s wardrobe malfunction becomes the talk of the town. What follows is a fast and furious romp that skewers gender roles, double standards, fleeting moment of fame, and scandal-mongering. Fresh, funny, and naughty in all the right ways
The Humans Stephen Karam November 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 @ 7:30-10p.m. and November 14 & 21 @ 2:00-5:30p.m. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Karam’s Sons of the Prophet was an audience favorite during PTP’s 2018-2019 season, and this uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play won the 2016 Tony for best play.
Aristocrats Brian Friel March 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 The O’Donnell family, fallen Irish aristocracy, have gathered at their crumbling family estate for a wedding. As the patriarch lies dying in his upstairs bedroom, the grown-up children sort out the truth about the family’s past, present and future. In this elegiac play, Friel (Faith Healer, Molly Sweeney) explores dysfunctional family dynamics and decaying culture with the dark humor and lyricism Prospect audiences have come to love.
Top Girls Caryl Churchill May 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 Following an ambitious executive and the moral compromises she makes as she climbs the corporate ladder, this play invites audiences to define what feminism means and examine the price women often pay for success in a traditionally male realm. Written in 1982, the play is still terrifyingly topical in its portrait of an individualistic society in which the few thrive at the expense of the many.
Roosters Milcha Sanchez-Scott July 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24 El Gallo, a proud, poetic, and sometimes violent man, returns to his Central Valley family after a long stint in jail. Mingling scenes of explosive family drama with moments of magical realism, the play explores venerable father-son tensions, the mythic evocations of machismo, and the world of cockfighting.
My Favorite Wife By Bella Spewack & Sam Spewack February 12, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. Based on the 1940 film, Screen Directors’ Playhouse radio adaptation featured original cast members Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Ellen Arden arrives seven years after being given up for dead in a shipwreck only to find her husband Nick just remarried to Bianca. The overjoyed Nick awkwardly tries to break the news gently to Bianca. But before he can do that, an unpleasant surprise – news that Ellen has spent the seven years on a deserted island with fellow-survivor Burkett. Nick’s jealously tries to find out the truth. Hilarious confusion reigns before Nick chooses his favorite wife.
Father Knows Best By Paul West & Roz Rogers Easy Aces by Goodman Ace June 4, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. Two classic comedies from the Golden Age of Radio, “Easy Aces” and “Father Knows Best” conclude the PTPRC season. “Easy Aces” follows the misadventures of malaprop-prone Jane Ace and her witty, intelligent husband, Goodman. Similar in style to the classic pairing of Burns and Allen, “Easy Aces” ran for 15 years on radio. The episode “Jane Serves on a Jury” finds Jane called to do her civic duty and giving the legal system a run for its money. “Father Knows Best” premiered on radio in 1949 with Robert Young starring in the precursor to the popular television show of the late 50s and early 60s. “Aunt Martha and the Ball Game” explores the Anderson family’s dilemma when a visit from their aunt conflicts with the baseball tickets son Bud has won.
Suspicion By Alfred Hitchcock October 30, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. “Suspicion,” the 1941 film by Alfred Hitchcock, was produced six times on radio, once by Academy Award Theater, twice by Lux Radio Theater, and three times by Screen Guild Theater. A shy young heiress meets a handsome gambler on a train while trying to travel in a first-class car with a third-class ticket. He begins to court her, and before long, they are married. It is only after the honeymoon that she discovers his true character, and she starts to become suspicious when his friend and business partner is mysteriously killed.
Holiday Affair By Isobel Lennart & John D. Weaver December 11, 2021 | 7:30 p.m. “Holiday Affair” is a 1949 romantic comedy film that starred Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh that was adapted for radio in 1950 by Lux Radio Theater. Mitchum reprised his role of veteran Steven Mason, a Christmas-season department store clerk who loses his job when he fails to report war-widow Connie Ennis, a rival store’s comparison shopper, when she returns a train set she has purchased the day before. Their encounter results in a date, which doesn’t sit well with Connie’s steady-suitor, Carl, but delights her son Timmy, who doesn’t want Carl for a step-dad.