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at Steppenwolf Theate (Chicago)

By David Lefkowitz
Published March 8 2008

  John Mahoney

Though best known for playing the dad on TV's Frasier and for winning a Tony for House of Blue Leaves, John Mahoney has his deepest roots at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, where he's appeared in such plays as Orphans, I Never Sang for My Father and Death and the Maiden. He's been an ensemble member there since 1979 and returns again in the 2008-09 season to star in The Seafarer.

Conor McPherson's funny/chilling ghost story, in which the booze flows and the playing cards fly, finishes up its Broadway run March 30. Steppenwolf's hometown production arrives Dec. 4, 2008-Feb. 8, 2009.

But that's not the only McPherson stepping into Steppenwolf. Since Seafarer will run during the holidays, the theater will also present his Dublin Carol just beforehand, Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008. CSI star William Peterson, who played the play's garrulous loner at Rhode Island's Trinity Rep in 2006, will return to the role under the direction of Amy Morton, a Steppenwolf vet who's likely to be a Tony nominee for her current turn in the company's Broadway transfer of August: Osage County.

Opening the 2008-09 Steppenwolf season will be Frank Galati's adaptation of Kafka on the Shore (Sept. 18-Nov. 16, 2008). Based on stories by Haruki Murakami, the piece will feature a number of Steppenwolf ensemblers, including Francis Guinan, who's currently sharing the Osage stage with Morton.

In 2009, Feb. 5-June 7 will bring the popular Yasmina Reza comedy, Art March 26-May 24 plucks Galati from his usual backstage duties and puts him onstage in a Tina Landau-helmed Tempest and June 18-Aug. 23 has Anna D. Shapiro staging Bridget Carpenter's bittersweet Up.

Founded in 1974 by Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry and Gary Sinese, Steppenwolf Theater will shortly offer its own production of Dead Man's Cell Phone, Sarah Ruhl's comedy now having its premiere at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.


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