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THE LYRIC STAGE

ANNOUNCES ITS 24TH SEASON

Beginning its twenty fourth season in September, the Lyric Stage will present seven of the greatest American and European playwrights in the 1997-1998 lineup.

Among the seven works selected are a pair of American plays: Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Neil Simon's recent comic valentine to Sid Caesar's wonderful television program Your Show of Shows, and The Heiress, by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Based on the Henry James novel Washington Square, this powerful and spellbinding play revolves around a shy and plain young woman who falls desperately in love with a handsome young fortune builder. Also included in the season are two great comedies by George Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward: Shaw's delicious Pygmalion, the classic tale of the transformation of a cockney flower seller, Eliza Doolittle by the Professor of Phonetics Henry Higgins; and Coward's Present Laughter, a hilarious romp about a pampered middle-aged actor beset upon by a silly ingenue, his estranged wife, servants, agents, a grand dame and a homicidal writer. From the Irish theatre comes John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. Generally regarded as the great masterpiece of the Irish theatre, this very funny comedy revolves around a young man who finds himself a hero in a remote turn of the century Irish village. From the Greek theatre, Sophocles' timeless classic, Antigone, where the freedom to act on religious principle conflicts with the responsibility of the State when a young girl challenges the State for the right to bury her brother following a bloody civil war.

And, at Christmas time, A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas, returns for its twenty-second season,

Telephone 617-437-7172 for more information as well as to purchase subscriptions for the 1997-1998 season.

Ron Ritchell, Artistic Director

Mort Kaplan, General Manager,

Polly Hogan, Producing Director

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