From “The Underpants” to the war in Iraq.

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In the gallery

The Gallery Players — now in their 42nd year — are prepping a great fall season that kicks off on Sept. 13 with Carl Sternheim’s, “The Underpants.” Adapted by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), the show is an absurdist take on the events that transpire after a woman’s bloomers accidentally fall in public. After that, the team presents a new musical, “Like You Like It,” as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. It’s basically Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” — as envisioned by John Hughes.

“The Underpants,” Sept. 13–28, and “Like You Like It: A New Musical,” Oct. 18–Nov. 2, at The Gallery Players (199 14th St., between Fourth and Fifth avenues in Park Slope). Call (718) 595-0547 for tickets or information.

Black ops

The Iraq War is coming to Brooklyn. For the second year, St. Ann’s Warehouse and The National Theatre of Scotland have teamed up to present the critically acclaimed play “Black Watch,” a searing drama about a Scottish Army regiment’s wartime experience. The innovative performance involves elaborate battle scenes and a live orchestra (featuring, of course, bagpipes).

“Black Watch” runs Oct. 9–Nov. 30 at St. Ann’s Warehouse (38 Water St., between Main and Dock streets in DUMBO). Tickets are $55. Call (718) 254-8779 for info.


Science fiction and adventure collide on opening night of the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ fall season, thanks to back-to-back productions of plays by H.G. Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, inventors of the fictional time machine and the equally fictional Sherlock Holmes, respectively.

“War of the Worlds/The Lost World,” Oct. 26 at the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College (2900 Campus Rd. near Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush), 3 pm. Tickets are $20–30. Call (718) 951-4500 for information.

Narrow cast

All you fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber (and who isn’t, really) have to check out the Narrows Community Theater’s production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” in November. This trippy 1968 musical is based on the biblical tale of Joseph, his 11 sons and his coat of many colors. Like many Webber productions, this one is best on acid.

“Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Nov. 14–23 at St. Patricks Auditorium (9511 Fourth Ave., between 95th and 96th Streets in Bay Ridge). Call (718) 482-3173 for info or tickets.

Good ‘Marriage’

It wouldn’t be a fall season without a “Marriage of Figaro,” and thankfully, Brooklyn Repertory Opera is accommodating us with its production of Mozart’s classic comic opera. A sort-of sequel to “The Barber of Seville,” the tale is again set in Spain and, like all good comedies, involves infidelity, jealous, entangling family alliances and royal families.

“The Marriage of Figaro,” Nov. 1–16 at the Brooklyn Lyceum (227 Fourth Ave., at President Street in Park Slope). Call (718) 398-7301 for info.

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