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Laurie Metcalf (Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts)

‘Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts’ honors original ensemble member and award-winning actor Laurie Metcalf, whose remarkable career has spanned theater, film and television. Since joining the original Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 1976, she has performed in more than 35 productions with the company. She has also performed in a wide range of films, but has gained wide-spread fame for her role as Jackie Harris in the hit series ‘Roseanne’. I last spoke with Laurie Metcalf in October, …

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Erin Murphy (Tabitha Stephens, Bewitched)

Erin Murphy is best known for her role as young Tabitha Stephens on the television sitcom Bewitched, which ran from 1964 to 1972. After 8 seasons, 23 Emmy nominations and 254 episodes, Bewitched ended without cancellation. Despite the fact that Bewitched was filmed in the 60’s and 70’s, the popularity of the show endures. Entertainment Weekly recently named Bewitched one of the “100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time.” Carl and I had the pleasure of interviewing the incredibly …

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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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