26thSeptember

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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27thJuly

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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08thJune

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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25thMay

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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22thJanuary

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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15thJanuary

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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19thOctober

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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19thOctober

Tim Kazurinsky (The Odd Couple)

Carl Amari and I had the pleasure of interviewing the wonderful and talented Tim Kazurinsky on Hollywood 360. Tim is an actor, comedian and writer best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Carl Sweetchuck in the Police Academy films. Currently, Tim (Felix Ungar) will be joining his old friend and colleague George Wendt (Oscar Madison) as Northlight Theatre presents THE ODD COUPLE, written by Neil Simon and directed by BJ Jones. …

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