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Northlight Theatre presents Hugh Leonard's A Life
Feb 22, 2010


Northlight TheatreNorthlight Theatre continues its 35th Anniversary Season with Hugh Leonard's A Life, directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones and featuring Tony Award winner John Mahoney with an all-Chicago cast. The production runs March 18 - April 25, 2010 at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie.

A Life is an evocative play about the evolution of friendships in a small Irish town, and the sequel to the late Hugh Leonard's most celebrated work, Da.

As Desmond Drumm nears retirement his memories come to life, reminding him of the triumphs and tragedies of his youth and prompting him to mend relationships with a childhood friend and the love interest that had charmed them both.  But as scenes from the past shed light on the misunderstandings of today, Desmond must realize that his lifelong ability to use his great intellect and acerbic wit as a means of self-defense has come at a cost.

"A Life is a darkly comic play spanning forty years in the lives of two couples. Led by our dear friend John Mahoney, this wonderful ensemble piece is a delicate, yet unsentimental look at the turns not taken in the life of an Irish civil servant," says BJ Jones.  "A Life is a play I have been carrying around with me for some time and the opportunity to work with John, Linda Kimbrough, Penny Slusher and Brad Armacost, along with some of Chicago's finest young actors, is a director's dream."

Tickets for A Life, $35-50, are available by phone, 847.673.6300, or online at northlight.org.


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