Actor/writer/director Robert Wuhl (Good Morning, Vietnam; Bull Durham; and HBO’s Arli$$) has come back to the University of Houston — his alma mater — to workshop the first play he's ever written, Hit-Lit, before it premieres in March at a New York City theater. ''Hit-Lit had started out as a screenplay, and I kept having people tell me, 'It’s too smart.' I said, 'It's like Tootsie.' And they said Tootsie doesn't get made nowadays. I was living in New York, and I was going to theater, and I thought: ''Theater doesn't play down; you don't have to play down in theater to the 15-year-old demographic. So I started rewriting it, and 47 drafts later, it's now a play,'' he told us. Wuhl describes his play as ''a throwback romantic comedy in the screwball tradition of Tootsie or the Cohen brothers,'' with a female editor who mistakenly thinks she sees a murder and hires the would-be hit man to write his memoirs. ''He happens to be a blocked writer, so it works out well,'' Wuhl added. The lead actors auditioned in New York and will travel with the show when it goes there. UH theater students will fill out the cast. Wuhl says people should come see it here, where it’s only $20 a ticket. ''In New York, it'll be $100 a seat.”
Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 2013
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