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Guys and Dolls and Underpants

Two of South Florida's premiere college theater programs are doing their spring shows in the next few weeks.

Stevemartin First up is Florida International University's production of Steve Martin's The Underpants.

The former wild-and-crazy guy adapted Carl Sternheim's banned 1911 play into a sex farce about a married woman whose undies drop to her ankles while she's watching a parade. Though her husband is scandalized, the men who saw the descending undergarments find themselves in a more lustful frame of mind.

The Underpants runs April 3-6 in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on FIU's main University Park campus. From April 10-13, it plays the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre on the Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami.  Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors, students and FIU alumni).  For tickets, call 305-348-3789 or visit the FIU theater website.

Guysand_dollsgroup2lights At the University of Miami, spring brings a big musical:  Guys and Dolls.  The 1950 Frank Loesser-Abe Burrows-Jo Swerling smash is set in Damon Runyon's version of New York, and it features such well-known showtunes as Luck Be a Lady, Adelaide's Lament and Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat. The show runs April 16-18 at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, 1312 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables. Tickets are $18-$20 (seniors, faculty, staff and alumni pay $16-$18; students pay $8-$10).  For information, call 305-284-3355 or visit UM's theater web site.

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