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


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.

Presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
120 minutes
(2 Intermissions)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$44 - $118

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Box Office Phone: 202-547-1122

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 12/04/2018 - 01/06/2019
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Important Dates
Performer Role
Carson Elrod Joseph Mask/Joseph Mask/Joe Jones
Julia Coffey Trudy Reezner/Sybil Rittenhouse/Omega Rittenhouse
Kimberly Gilbert Louise Mask/Louise Mask/Louise Mask
Kevin Isola Benjamin Mandelshtam/Christian Mask/Rabbi Mandelshtam
Turna Mete Young Woman/Milly Hamilton/Ursula Mask
Tony Roach Jock Revere/William Hamilton/Jack Revere
Production Personnel
David Ives
Michael Kahn
Costume Designer
Frank Labovitz
Set Designer
Alexander Dodge
Sound Designer
Elisheba Ittoop
Lighting Designer
Nancy Schertler


Shakespeare Theatre Company Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Getting There

  • Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow Lines)


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages
  • Theater discount at nearby garage


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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