Northlight Theatre’s 44th season has opened with “Curve of Departure,” a play by Rachel Bonds about difficult family relationships set in a cramped motel room in New Mexico.

Director BJ Jones calls it “a delicate and heartfelt examination of a family retracing their steps through a painful past and forging a path towards a hopeful future.”

Mike Nussbaum plays Rudy, the aging head of the family. Penelope Walker is Linda, the ex-wife of Rudy’s just-deceased son who has also become Rudy’s caregiver. Sean Parris is Felix, Rudy’s grandson and Linda’s son. And Danny Martinez is Felix’s partner, Jackson.

In this scene Rudy and Lina are anticipating the arrival of the boys at the hotel.

Described as a “delicate and gently comic drama,” Jones says it is “a strong ensemble piece that will touch your heart and open your mind.”

The play runs through Oct. 21 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts at 9501 Skokie Blvd. in Skokie. Tickets are available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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