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John Mahoney (Chapatti)

Northlight Theatre (Skokie, IL) is producing the World Premiere of CHAPATTI, directed by BJ Jones and featuring Emmy Award nominee and Chicago favorite John Mahoney. Chapatti is a co-production between Northlight Theatre and Ireland’s prestigious Galway Arts Festival. I was lucky enough to have my third interview with John Mahoney, and we discussed his path to becoming a successful actor, his great support for the Chicago theater scene, and the heart-warming story behind Chapatti.

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Mike Nussbaum (Smokefall)

I felt privileged to have my third interview with Mike Nussbaum, this time to explore Noah Haidle’s latest play SMOKEFALL at Goodman Theatre. Smokefall explores the passage of time through three generations of one family. Mike plays The Colonel, who desperately misses his wife, and is slipping into senility. Mike and I examined the funny and painful moments in the play, and discussed the physical and emotional demands of this special piece. Mike will be turning 90 years old …

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John Judd (Wrecks)

Profiles Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with the Midwest premiere of WRECKS by Resident Artist Neil LaBute, starring John Judd. At his wife’s funeral, Edward Carr (Judd) gives a 70-minute monologue about his passionate yet complicated marriage. LaBute is a master at meticulously weaving strangeness into the character, while Judd portrays him as a normal guy who is hiding a hideous secret. John and I discussed why our sympathy for Edward Carr runs so deep that we are …

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Susie McMonagle (Next to Normal)

I was honored to speak with the gifted Susie McMonagle, who plays Diana in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL at Drury Lane Theatre. Susie is a Jeff Award nominee who appeared as “Fantine” in Les Miserables on Broadway. Susie and I talked about the emotional honesty which is necessary for such a complicated and challenging role. “You can’t act like a crazy person because no one really knows how a crazy person acts …

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Nora Dunn (Boeing-Boeing)

Drury Lane Theatre presents the Tony Award-winning hit comedy BOEING-BOEING starring Saturday Night Live alum Nora Dunn. Nora plays the role of Berthe, the hilarious, yet reluctant housekeeper with a funny French accent, dedicated to helping her boss juggle his romantic affairs. While Nora has an extensive resume in film, television and theatre, she is best known for her work on Saturday Night Live with recurring characters such as The Sweeney Sisters, Pat Stevens, Babette and Ashley Ashley. According …

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Hans Fleischmann (The Glass Menagerie)

Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. has remounted its Jeff-nominated production of Tennessee Williams’ classic THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Directed by ensemble member Hans Fleischmann, who also stars as Tom, the remount features the full original cast. While The Glass Menagerie has been produced three times in Chicago during the past year, this is truly a unique and heart-wrenching production. Hans envisions Tom as a slightly schizophrenic homeless drifter, with memories of family life that come back to haunt him. Tom explains that …

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Rhea Perlman, Francis Guinan (Stella and Lou)

Northlight Theatre’s world premiere of STELLA & LOU features four-time Emmy winner Rhea Perlman and Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member Francis Guinan as “Stella” and “Lou” – an intimate exploration of friendship, forgiveness, and the longing for companionship that grows with the passage of time. Stella & Lou began as a screenplay written by Jeff Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham about twenty-five years ago, entitled Riley’s Last Request. Although Rhea and Fran had not met prior to this production, they have …

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Bob Eubanks (Host of The Newlywed Game)

Bob Eubanks was one of the top Rock and Roll DJ’s in Los Angeles . He managed the careers of Dolly Parton and Barbara Mandrell. He produced some of the biggest concerts with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, & Merle Haggard. He was one of the top TV producers, having produced network and syndicated game shows and variety TV. He hosted some of TV’s most successful daytime programs such as Card Sharks and The Newlywed Game. He’s won …

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Marc Jaffe (Side Effects May Include…)

SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE…, written by former Seinfeld writer Marc Jaffe , is a one-man show about early onset Parkinson’s disease that explores the idea that sometimes it’s not the disease that changes us, but the side effects. Based on Marc Jaffe’s own experience dealing with his wife Karen’s Parkinson’s diagnosis, he has approached this serious topic with humor and wit. He chooses laughter as a way to cope and educate. His mission is to fund research for a cure …

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Mark St. Germain (Freud’s Last Session)

I spoke with Mark St. Germain at The 44th Annual Jeff Awards, honoring excellence in professional theatre produced in the Chicago area. FREUD’S LAST SESSION received 3 Jeff Award nominations, including Best Play, with over 200 performances at Chicago ’s Mercury Theatre. Mark St. Germain is the playwright of this “fictional meeting of the minds” of Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, as he is known for writing biographical plays about historical figures. According to Mark, “When I first tried …

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