Stella & Lou | Northlight Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 9 2013
Price: $25-$44
Rhea Perlman, best known for playing Carla Tortelli on Cheers, takes half the title role alongside local acting luminary Francis Guinan in Bruce Graham's droll black comedy, premiering under director BJ Jones for Northlight Theatre. Lou owns a South Philly dive bar, where the story's set, and remains grief-stricken years after his wife's death. His firecracker regular customer Stella wants more for him, though, and the duo's fitful relationship forms the core of the story. Graham's populist writing style includes plenty of broad hooks that seem calculated to make the work accessible, but a rich emotional depth suffuses the story nonetheless. As Stella, Perlman gets an unholy number of terrific one-liners, and lands every one like a pro. —Keith Griffith



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