CHICAGO -- John Mahoney just can't escape imaginary injuries. Not only does the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member use a very conspicuous cane in his T.V. series "Frasier," but in The Man Who Comes to Dinner, the 1939 Kaufman and Hart comedy of errors that opens at Steppenwolf April 26, he plays a magnificent invalid named Sheridan Whiteside. A tart-tongued New York drama critic based on the legendary egocentric Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943), Whiteside injures his hip outside a family's home and stays to torment the all-suffering Stanley clan through the Christmas holidays. From a busily revolving wheelchair Whiteside turns the household upside down -- and incidentally facilitates two love affairs. "Frasier" director James Burrows stages the mayhem which runs through June 14.
-- By Lawrence Bommer