John Mahoney Will Star in Northlight's Retreat From Moscow in 2006

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Chicago theatre and TV favorite John Mahoney will star in Northlight Theatre's staging of William Nicholson's The Retreat From Moscow at the Skokie, Illinois resident theatre in 2006.
John Mahoney
John Mahoney

Northlight, run by artistic director BJ Jones and managing director Phil Santora, announced some of its upcoming season 31st season Feb. 14. It begins Oct. 5 with James Maxwell and Alan Stanford's adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Peter Amster directs. (The season warm-up is the world premiere of a comedy production by The Second City, title to be determined, directed by Ron West, Sept. 15-24.)

Jones will direct the Chicago premiere of Nicholson's Tony Award-nominated The Retreat From Moscow, with Mahoney ("Frasier" and Paper Mill Playhouse's The Drawer Boy) playing a high school history teacher who leaves his wife, complicating the life of his son. Rondi Reed plays the wife. John Lithgow and Eileen Atkins played the roles on Broadway. Performances are May 10-June 19, 2006.

Productions expected for the 2005-06 season (pending confirmation of rights) also include Craig Wright's Grace, a mixture of murder, romance, faith, religious fundamentalism and betrayal, directed by Dexter Bullard (Jan. 25-March 5, 2006); The Chalk Garden, Edith Bagnold's mysterious comedy of manners, directed by Bill Brown (March 3-April 23, 2006); and a Noel Coward musical revue (title to be determined) featuring Carl Danielson, Dec. 7, 2005-Jan. 8, 2006.

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Northlight Theatre is located at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., in Skokie.

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