The Seven Year Itch

The film version of The Seven Year Itch gave us Marilyn Monroe in a white dress standing over a New York City subway grate, its hot air blowing up her skirt while she writhed suggestively. That was as sexy as the 1950s ever got. Today Theatre Southwest’s production of The Seven Year Itch brings that smoldering sensuality to the stage with George Axelrod’s 1952 play, which spawned the movie. Itch is the story of Richard Sherman (Lloyd Clingman), a bland, middle-aged publishing company executive whose wife and child are away for the summer. When a hot young blond model (Kate Nelson) moves in upstairs, Richard’s real and fantasy lives collide amid the dueling manifestations of temptation and chastity. The play is based on the theory that after seven years of marriage, a husband’s mind starts to wander, but with such a beautiful blond upstairs, we’d understand if Richard got to scratching just seven weeks after saying his “I do’s.” 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Through May 2. 8944-A Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit $13 to $15.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 19, 3 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through May 2, 2009
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
Contact: Bob Ruggiero