Theater Wit snags Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

The much-praised, Simpsons-inspired apocalyptic drama finds a Chicago perch
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By Kris Vire |

Theater Wit has reason to praise Jebus: The Lakeview company has locked down the rights to stage the Chicago premiere of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play in the 2014–15 season.

Washburn's high-profile hit, which imagines The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" becoming a mythological touchstone in the decades following a global power-grid failure, was developed with the Civilians before making its debut at D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in 2012. A New York premiere followed in 2013 at Playwrights Horizons; my Time Out New York colleague David Cote described it as "hypnotic, sly and fiendishly insinuating" in his five-star review.

Theater Wit artistic director Jeremy Wechsler will stage the Chicago premiere for a January 2015 opening, with tickets on sale in September. Wit traditionally schedules show-by-show rather than announcing a full season slate.