Northlight to Premiere Better Late, a New Comedy by Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright

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The world premiere of Better Late, a new play by Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright, is on the 2007-08 schedule at Northlight Theatre, which commissioned the play.
John Mahoney will star in the world premiere of Better Late.
John Mahoney will star in the world premiere of Better Late.

Chicagoland stars John Mahoney ("Frasier" and Broadway's current Prelude to a Kiss) and Michael Nussbaum will appear in the comedy, directed by artistic director BJ Jones. Performances will begin at the Skokie, IL, resident theatre April 2, 2008, and continue to May 11.

Craig Wright is known for Grace and Lady, Gelbart is the Emmy and Tony Award-winning author of "M.A.S.H." and City of Angels. He also penned Sly Fox and co-wrote A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

"When Julian is forced to move in with his ex-wife and her new husband, the situation quickly spirals out of control," according to Northlight. "As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay? This bitingly funny December-December-December romance is a not-to-be-missed new comedy."

Northlight's BJ Jones and executive director Timothy J. Evans recently announced details of the 2007-08 season.

"To celebrate my 10th Anniversary here at Northlight, I have invited some of America's finest artists whose relationship with the theatre has made us a nationally recognized institution," Jones said in a statement. "Northlight has grown to become of one of America's most adventurous and eclectic theatres, and this season will be the essence of what has brought us here. By joining John Mahoney and Mike Nussbaum with playwrights Larry Gelbart and Craig Wright, we are developing the future while resonating with our past." The season includes the Chicago premiere of the regional hit Ella, the Rob Ruggiero-directed musical about Ella Fitzgerald; the Midwest premiere of David Rambo's The Lady With All the Answers, about Chicago advice columnist Ann Landers (directed by BJ Jones, starting May 21, 2008); the Midwest premiere of Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder's Gee's Bend, the story of the women of Gee's Bend, AL, whose artistry in quilt making is world renowned (starting Jan. 30, 2008); and James Magruder's translation of Moliere's The Miser (opening the season Oct. 3).

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Northlight Theatre is the fourth largest non-profit theatre in Chicago. Dedicated to enhancing the cultural life of the North Shore and Chicago, Northlight "presents theatrical works which reflect and challenge the values and beliefs of the community it serves while continuing to grow its reputation for launching world premieres, new musicals, heartwarming plays and intelligent dramas."

In its 33-year history, the organization has mounted over 150 productions, including over 32 world premieres, and garnered 132 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and 22 awards.

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