Rhea Perlman to appear in Northlight Theatre's Stella & Lou
Rhea Perlman, best known for her role as barmaid Carla Tortelli on TV's Cheers, will play one of the title roles in the world premiere of Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou at Northlight Theatre.
Perlman will be Stella to Francis Guinan's Lou in Graham's new piece about a pair of "kindred spirits" who connect at a bar one night. A third role will be played by Gift Theatre company member Ed Flynn; BJ Jones directs.
Philadelphia playwright Graham's sentimental The Outgoing Tide was a big hit for Northlight in 2011. Perlman was nominated for the Emmy Award for supporting actress in a comedy in ten out of Cheers's 11 seasons, winning four times. Incidentally, the show seems the likely favorite to be named the best TV comedy of the last 30 years in Vulture's current Sitcom Smackdown bracket. Stella & Lou runs May 3–June 9.