NEW YORK (WLNY) — Robert Wuhl perfected the art of dugout trash talk in Bill Durham, and took the sports agent business to new lows in Arliss.

Now the storied actor is tackling the theater world as a director. His new show Hit Lit makes its debut on March 7 at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

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The comedy is set in the publishing world.

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In the show, a young publishing executive is under a mandate to bang out a bestseller by her boss. She gets drunk and she thinks she sees a murder — so she hires the would-be hit man to write his memoirs. As it turns out, the man is a frustrated writer — and of course, there’s a romance involved.

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“I love romantic screwball comedies,” Wuhl said. “This is a retro, throwback to the old Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, His Girl Friday, almost like Tootsie – but very contemporary.”

The show recently traveled to Houston for a preview performance — where it received great reviews.

“The older crowd liked it because they remembered the old Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Rosalind Russell,” Wuhl said. “The younger students loved it because they hadn’t heard anything like this before.”

Wuhl said he had no desire to play a part in his new production.

“I didn’t want it to look like a vanity project,” Wuhl said. “I wanted to direct theater. It was the best choice I’ve ever made.”

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