Michael Gross, Zach Grenier and Colin Stinton will star as the bickering trio of lifelong friends in the Chicago production of Yasmina Reza's hit play Art, with performances beginning Sept. 17. The Windy City mounting is the first U.S. production of the comedy since it landed on Broadway last spring. The Broadway production has proved a solid hit, earning back its money in a matter of weeks.
Maria Mileaf will stage the Chicago mounting at the Royal George Theatre. Mileaf was associate director on the Broadway production, which was piloted by Matthew Warchus. Mileaf has several Off-Off-Broadway credits to her name, including The Gut Girls at Cucaracha Theatre and Tomorrowland at SoHo Rep.
Michael Gross will play Serge, the character whose purchase of an all white painting tests his friendships with Marc and Yvan. Gross is best known as Michael J. Fox's father Stephen Keaton on the TV sitcom "Family Ties." In the theatre, he has appeared on Broadway in Bent and The Philadelphia Story. His most recent stage role was in Later Life at Chicago's Northlight Theatre.
Stinton (Marc), is an old hand at Mamet, having played roles in The Old Neighborhood, Edmond and The Water Machine. In New York, he has appeared in Some Americans Abroad. He has also done extensive work at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.
Zach Grenier (Yvan) has been a versatile New York presence for several years. Among his varied credits are roles in A Question of Mercy, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Creditors, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Rhinoceros. Art, which won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play, will officially open on Sept. 27. For information, call (312) 988-9000.