The Panties, The Partner and The Profit: Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Class

Performance Dates

Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The LiarThe Metromaniacs) gives his “tranlaptation” treatment to Carl Sternheim’s epic trilogy, Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Class – an evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting and other signs of near-apocalypse.

Returning for one final collaboration with Artistic Director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary – at once ludicrous, larger-than-life and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Joseph Mask/Joseph Mask/Joe Jones
Trudy Reezner/Sybil Rittenhouse/Omega Rittenhouse
Louise Mask/Louise Mask/Louise Mask
Benjamin Mandelshtam/Christian Mask/Rabbi Mandelshtam
Young Woman/Milly Hamilton/Ursula Mask
Jock Revere/William Hamilton/Jack Revere

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