Last chance to catch noted Chicago actor Kevin Gudahl in his return to his frequent home, the Court Theatre, in a production of Moliere's The School For Wives. The show began previews Jan. 2 and opened Jan. 12 for a run through Feb. 1.
Gudahl's other Moliere-based shows at the Court have included The Misanthrope and the 1995 "sequel" to that play, Celimene And The Cardinal. Gudahl also starred in the Toronto and Chicago versions of The House Of Martin Guerre, winning a Best Supporting Actor Jeff Award for the latter.
Laszlo Marton directs School, which began previews Jan. 2. Marton is director-in-chief of the Vigszinhaz Theatre in Budapest, Hungary, and has worked at Santa Fe Stages and previously at the Court (1996) on The Play's The Thing. The play tells of an old codger foiled from marrying his beautiful ward by a young suitor who courts the same woman. Moliere's comedy premiered in 1662, with the author in the lead role and his wife, Armande Bejart, as the ward.
Co-starring in School are Judy Greer, Kevin Fox, Joe Damour, Cheryl Graeff, Dev Kennedy, Martin McClendon, Brad Mott and Larry Yando. Designing the show are Todd Rosenthal (set), Karin Kopischke (costumes) and T.J. Gerckens (lighting).
For tickets to School and other Court Theatre shows, call (773) 753-4472. Upcoming shows at the Court this season include (in repertory) Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband and Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. -- By David Lefkowitz