The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights has announced its 2014-15 theater season, which features two classic comedies, a thriller, a one-man show and a big Broadway musical.
• "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" (July 10 to Aug. 17): Neil Simon's 1993 Broadway comedy centers on a team of comedy writers in the early 1950s working on a live Sid Caesar-type sketch TV show.
• "Dial M for Murder" (Sept. 18 to Oct. 19): Playwright Frederick Knott, best known for the 1966 thriller "Wait Until Dark," had a major success in 1952 with this murder mystery that was later adapted for film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1954.
• "Private Lives" (Jan. 15 to Feb. 15): Noel Coward's classic 1930 British comedy involves a divorced husband and wife who meet again on adjoining hotel balconies during their honeymoons to new partners.
• "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" (March 3 to April 18): The one-man show by David Payne depicts the famed author of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" sharing anecdotes about his life and work.
• "The Drowsy Chaperone" (May 14 to June 14): The five-time Tony Award-winning musical comedy from 2006 is about a homebound theater lover who conjures up a simplistic 1920s Broadway show from his dingy apartment.
To purchase season tickets, call (847) 577-2121 or visit metropolisarts.com for more information.
-- Scott C. Morgan