Playmakers wraps up season with the hilarious ‘Trousers” farce

Jul 12, 2023 | Featured, Entertainment | 0 comments

The principal characters in the British farce that opens this week at Playmakers Civic Theatre, “When Did You Last See Your Trousers?” are elicit lovers whose liaison is upset by a late night burglar stealing his suit of clothes — including his pair of trousers! (Photo by D’Arcy Patrick Egan)

In a quirky British play by Ray Galton and John Antrobus that will wrap up the season for the Playmakers Civic Theater in Port Clinton with six performances starting on Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m., a pair of elicit lovers are fast asleep in a sixth floor London flat. They haven’t a clue the gentleman’s suit of clothes has been pilfered by a burglar who had climbed through a window and into the apartment.

While the burglar (Dr. Thomas Debbink) stealthily steals her jewelry and his watch, among other valuables, Howard (Lucas Jeff) wakens a slumbering Penny (Karsha Schermbeck) after a futile search for his suit — and especially his trousers!

You see, Howard needs to flee the scene. It’s getting late, and he’s anxious to get home before his wife wakes up. But how is that possible when the only clothes he has left are a vest and a pair of underwear?

What would his wife say about that?

Howard is soon being chased around the flat by his Danish au pair, as well as a randy constable who also is a secret flasher. Toss in a gorilla with a singing telegram, and there are plenty of laughs from start to finish during the two-act play.

When Did You Last See Your Trousers? is on stage on Friday and Saturday, July 14-15 at 8 p.m. with a Sunday, July 16 matinee at 2 p.m.; as well as Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 at 8 p.m., and a Sunday, July 23 matinee at 2 p.m.

For tickets, visit or call 419-341-7018. Advance tickets are $15.

Director and Assistant Director are Peggy McConnell and Doug Braun; Stage Managers Sylvia and Lisa Meyer; House Manager Nadine Jensen; Set Designer Doug Braun; and the Set Production crew of Braun, Brandon Fitt, Karen Dates, Dave Blankenbeker, Dennis Gordon and McConnell.

The cast includes: Burglar – Dr. Thomas Debunk; Howard – Lucas Jeff; Penny – Karsha Schermbeck; Jimmy and the Gorilla – Noah Fitt; Tove – Samantha Meyer; Neighbor – Matthew Parker; Deirdre – Margaret Helping; Captain Webber – Jeff Bugbee; Policeman – Ethan Mandeville; and Female Phone Voices – Sylvia Chappell and Lisa Meyer.

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