Prior to IL Premiere, Mahoney & Nussbaum Explore Gelbart & Wright's Better Late

News   Prior to IL Premiere, Mahoney & Nussbaum Explore Gelbart & Wright's Better Late Northlight Theatre in Skokie, IL, will continue its Interplay reading series Dec. 17 with a public reading of Better Late, a work in development by Craig Wright and Larry Gelbart, featuring John Mahoney, Mike Nussbaum and Linda Kimbrough.

As previously announced, the play will be produced by Northlight as part of its subscription series in April 2008.

Artistic director BJ Jones will direct. Northlight Theatre is located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie, IL.

The world-premiere run of Better Late — billed as a romantic comedy — will play April 2-May 11, 2008. According to Northlight, "When Julian is forced to move in with his ex-wife and her new husband, the situation quickly spirals out of control. As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay? This bitingly funny December-December-December romance is not-to-be missed!"

Mahoney and Nussbaum are Chicago theatre legends; Mahoney is more widely known for his work in TV and films, including playing Martin Crane on the sitcom, "Frasier."

Larry Gelbart is a prolific American comedy writer whose credits include Broadway's Sly Fox and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, TV's "M*A*S*H," the hit musical City of Angels, and the screenplays for "Oh, God!" and "Tootsie." Craig Wright's plays Grace and Lady have appeared at Northlight in the past two seasons, and his plays Orange Flower Water, Molly's Delicious and The Pavilion have been produced around the country. He is the writer-creator of TV's "Dirty Sexy Money."

Tickets to Interplay are $15 ($10 students) each and are available by phone at (847) 673-6300 or at the box office. For more information about Northlight Theatre, the respected Equity troupe known for world premieres (such as The Last Five Years) as well as contemporary plays, visit www.northlight.org.

Interplay was launched last season. This season's Interplay began with Po' Boy Tango by Kenneth Lin, featuring George Takei and France Nuyen.

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