When Harry Met Rehab is a new powerful and personal play created by Chicago radio personality Harry Teinowitz and Spike Manton for the stage. This world premiere will resonate with ticketholders for a long time to come and runs now through January 30 at the Greenhouse Theatre Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue.
The story surrounds Harry's adventures in sobriety and his navigation of life in a rehab facility after being arrested for drunk driving. Openly gay actor Dan Butler plays the straight lead and delivers his lines with just the right comedic punch. Rehab is an ensemble piece though and there's not a weak link in the cast. Actress Melissa Gilbert flew into town for the role of Barb, a lesbian counselor who runs group therapy with a little bit of magic. The players that personify these complex characters at the sessions are played by local Chicago actors. The troupe makes the heavy lifting of this emotionally draining script look easy with their experience and talent.