‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Opens Up About New Role

by Maggie Schneider

Melissa Gilbert talks about her character in a new play, “When Harry Met Rehab.” It is running now at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Chicago.

Melissa Gilbert is back onstage in a new original work, “When Harry Met Rehab.” While it is a comedy, it is one with a message. It tackles the subjects of addiction and sobriety. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Gilbert discusses her role in-depth.

“It’s based, more or less, on the true life of Chicago sports radio personality Harry Teinowitz, who is one of the authors of the play” says Gilbert. “I play the therapist who is also in recovery and is a former magician. It is a comedy, albeit one that deals with the issues of recovery seriously. But a dark sense of humor is important.”

Gilbert connects to her role due to her own experiences. She talks about her former struggle with alcoholism and drugs in her memoir. While these moments are painful to uncover, they remind her of the value of life and recovery. This is what the play is about.

“Everything, no matter how painful, led me to this place I am right now, which is really an amazing place to be,” she shares with TODAY. “I have a really peaceful, happy life. I have these great, confident kids. I’m married to a man I’m absolutely crazy about, who cherishes me. It’s a real gift.”

‘When Harry Met Rehab’ Reviews for Melissa Gilbert’s Latest

Gilbert performs alongside Dan Butler (“Frasier”) and Broadway actor Chiké Johnson, among others. Positive reviews are beginning to pour in about the cast as well as the show itself.

Comedian Tom Dreesen tweets “If ever there was a time that we needed laughs, now is the time and this is the show.”

“‘When Harry Met Rehab’ is going to be a Home Run, and believe me I know about home runs!” MLB All Star Steve Trachsel says.

Fans in the Chicago area are enjoying the show as well. In fact, “When Harry Met Rehab” is more of an immersive experience. Theater-goers are able to indulge in a fun mocktail menu. The drinks are made with a range of non-alcoholic substitutes. The “I’ll Have What He’s Having,” plays on the fun reference from the 1989 film, “When Harry Met Sally.”

The show is meant to spark a kind conversation about addiction and sobriety. Details like these are encouraging and add to the play’s message.

“So if you want to come spend some time enjoying a lovely and funny new play and watch my phenomenal co-stars act their hearts out, get your tickets now,” Melissa Gilbert says.