| Mar 11, 2013
| 12:27 PM
Rhea Perlman, the actress best known for playing Carla on the NBC comedy "Cheers," is to star in a show at the Northlight Theatre in Skokie this spring.
Perlman will play Stella in the world premiere of "Stella & Lou," a new three-character drama by...
| Feb 4, 2013
Can "The Birthday Party" be celebrated in a wide-open space? It depends, surely, on the intent of the event. As the history of the 20th century teaches us, and as the Nobel laureate Harold Pinter understood at a very early age, unwanted, destructive...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:29 AM
Oh, it's just the way you'd want it to be. Rhea Perlman is playing Stella in the soon-to-open "Stella & Lou" at Northlight Theatre — you likely know Perlman as Carla from television's iconic "Cheers."
She got the theater gig after getting a call...
| May 8, 2012
| 3:55 AM
Last Sunday's screening at New Haven's Lyric Hall of the documentary "Broads,"that features salty, outspoken interviews with actresses of a certain age remind me of some of my own favorite interviews of like-minded dames.
I'll post a series of these...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 1:08 PM
Most Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights aren’t to be seen in such guises. But Tracy Letts has replaced John Mahoney in the Steppenwolf Theatre production of "Penelope." Here are the costumes for the show."Penelope" is by Enda Walsh and directed by...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 8:35 PM
Director Penny Metropulos' stirring take on Alan Bennett's "The Madness of George III" and Mary Zimmerman's revisionist production of "Candide" at the Goodman Theatre shared top honors for large theaters at the 2011 Joseph Jefferson Awards, with the...
| Nov 23, 2011
| 8:22 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company said Wednesday morning that it has found a replacement for John Mahoney, the well-loved actor who exited the December production of Enda Walsh's "Penelope" on Tuesday, due to a death in his family.
The role will be...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 10:23 AM
John Mahoney, a marquee member of the cast of the upcoming Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Enda Walsh's "Penelope," dropped out of the show Tuesday.
Mahoney is returning to Manchester, England, where he grew up, following a death in his...
| Dec 13, 2011
Romantic hopes spring eternal in many a middle-aged male breast, even when the middle-aged bod does not look so good in a Speedo anymore. Actually, the demands of that skimpy bit of swimwear are the least of the problems of the gentlemen who spend their...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 6:52 AM
A production of Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” directed by Austin Pendleton, a fresh staging of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Broadway hit “Good People,” a new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a remounting with a new...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 3:27 PM
"No actor should be in Chicago 'cause they wanta make money," a character says in "The Last Duck," a new play that includes a brief but pointed look at our Second City complex. "It's more about art," the guy says. "You know, whatever that means. Or you...
| May 22, 2012
| 1:33 PM
Northlight Theatre's production of Bruce Graham's "The Outgoing Tide," a play dealing with the effects of aging, is headed to the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland, replete with the original Northlight cast of John Mahoney, Rondi Reed and Thomas J. Cox....