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City Lit Theater’s 37th season lineup, announced yesterday by City Lit artistic director Terry McCabe, includes a mix of three world premieres, plus a classic comedy of the 19th Century that has not been seen in Chicago in 120 years.
City Lit has long been known for its adaptations and performances of the writing of British humorist P.G. Wodehouse. McCabe’s original adaptation of PSMITH, JOURNALIST will be the company’s first adaptation of a Wodehouse novel in 12 years and will bring Psmith (the “p” is silent), one of the writer’s most popular characters, to the City Lit stage.
Paul Edwards’ original adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Sundial follows in January. This philosophical ghost story set in a haunted mansion was an inspiration to Stephen King for his novel The Shining.
FORTY-TWO STORIES, a new comedy by Chicago playwright Douglas Post, opens in April. Set in a Lake Shore Drive high-rise condominium, the new play explores life among residents of the upper floors along with those who work below in the lobby, the office and the basement.
The season will conclude next summer with what City Lit says is Chicago’s first production since 1897 of Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s comedy from 1841, LONDON ASSURANCE.
More information at www.citylit.org.