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First Folio season to include 'Poe' revival

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  • John Sanders played the melancholy poet in First Folio Theatre's 2010 production of "The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story." The critically acclaimed show returns to the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook for First Folio's 2012-13 season.

      John Sanders played the melancholy poet in First Folio Theatre's 2010 production of "The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story." The critically acclaimed show returns to the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook for First Folio's 2012-13 season.

 
By Scott Morgan
smorgan@dailyherald.com

First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook has announced its lineup for the 2012-13 season.

First on the docket is a revival of executive director David Rice's critical hit "The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe: A Love Story," playing appropriately through the Halloween season from Wednesday, Sept. 26, to Sunday, Nov. 4.

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Fans of First Folio's "Jeeves in Bloom" from 2009 will be pleased that another Margaret Raether adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse stories involving the hapless British bachelor Bertie Wooster and his clever valet is scheduled with "Jeeves Takes a Bow," running from Wednesday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, March 3.

Glen Berger's 2001 comic mystery "Underneath the Lintel" plays Wednesday, March 27, to Sunday, April 28, while the season concludes with a world premiere adaptation titled "Shakespeare's Cymbeline: A Folk Tale With Music," running from Wednesday, June 19, to Sunday, July 21. This "Shakespeare Under the Stars" presentation features collaborators Michael Keefe and Rice resetting the Bard's fantastical English folk tale to Civil War-era Appalachia with plenty of music evocative of that time period.

Three- and four-show subscriptions are available for $57-$105, and all performances take place on the grounds of the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Call (630) 986-8067 or visit firstfolio.org for more information.

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