World Premiere

From the Emmy and Tony-award-winning author of M.A.S.H. and City of Angels and the playwright behind Northlight’s productions of Grace and Lady: Chicago favorites John Mahoney and Mike Nussbaum star in this brand new romantic comedy! When Julian is forced to move in with his ex-wife and her new husband, the situation quickly spirals out of control. As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay?


Mike Nussbaum


Mike returns to Northlight where he previously appeared in RelativityAwake and Sing!Better Late, Grace, and Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. Curve of Departure marks his 16th appearance with Northlight. As an actor in Chicago for more than 60 years, he was recently seen at TimeLine in Bakersfield Mist and The Price and at the Goodman in the much loved Smokefall by Noah Haidle. According to Actors’ Equity Association, he is the oldest actor still working on stage.

John Mahoney (1940-2018)


John previously appeared at Northlight in The Outgoing Tide, A Life, and Better Late. He starred in the Broadway revival of Prelude to a Kiss, Romance at the Almeida Theatre in London, and I Never Sang for My Father at Steppenwolf. He has appeared in over 30 Steppenwolf productions where he is a member of the ensemble. He received a Tony Award for his performance in The House of Blue Leaves. Films include She’s the One, Moonstruck, Tin Men, Primal Fear, Say Anything, Barton Fink, and Flipped. On TV, John starred in In Treatment, Dinner at Eight, The Water Engine, an upcoming Foyle’s War, and the 5-time Emmy Award-winning series Frasier, for which he received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his portrayal of patriarch Martin Crane. John is a recipient of the prestigious Sarah Siddons Award, only the second male (after Brian Dennehy) to be so honored.

Linda Kimbrough


Linda has appeared at Northlight in Ten Chimneys, A Life and Better Late (both opposite John Mahoney), She Stoops to Conquer, Red Herring, The Gamester, Hearts, and The Old Neighborhood. Most recently she played Feste in Twelfth Night (Baltimore Center Stage), Silda in Other Desert Cities (Goodman), and the Mother in GNIT as part of the Humana New Plays Festival (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville). She is proud to have originated roles in four of David Mamet’s plays: Edmond, Reunion, The Water Engine, Squirrels, and in his adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Movies include State & Main, Spartan, Red Belt, Homicide, and The Phil Spector Story (with Al Pacino) for HBO.