Well, at least John Mahoney knows how he's spending his hiatus from TV's "Frasier." A Tony winner from "The House of Blue Leaves," he will be back on home turf in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, playing a married CIA agent in Alexandra Gersten's "Supple in Combat." Performances start May 8. The author was on Broadway, ever so briefly, last season via "My Thing of Love," a Steppenwolf original which starred another company member-gone-sitcom celebrity--the Emmy winner of television's "Roseanne," Laurie Metcalf.
Director Max Mayer, one of the founders of New York Stage and Film at Vassar College, will put "Supple in Combat" into rehearsal in April. Co-starred as Mahoney's lady-in-the-dark missus is Steppenwolf's new artistic director, Martha Lavey.