A jealous husband’s worst suspicions are realized when he decides to test his wife’s fidelity in Enter the Guardsman, opening this week at Northlight Theatre. Based on a comedy written by Ferenc Molnar for the husband-and-wife team of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, this backstage romp set in 1930s Vienna is a musical within a play. Hollis Resnik plays the wife; David New is the fate-tempting husband who sends her a rose from an anonymous admirer and then raises the stakes, using his thespian skills to see if she’ll cheat. When she does, he’s in a worse quandary than when he started: Did she see through his disguise, or didn’t she? Enter the Guardsman is the work of a contemporary theater couple–writer Scott Wentworth and lyricist Marion Adler–with music by Craig Bohmler. Peter Amster directs. Previews run from December 6 through December 12, Tuesday through Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3 and 7; preview tickets are $30 to $34. Regular performances continue through January 7; tickets are $32 to $45. Call the box office at 847-673-6300 for times. Northlight is located in the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Michael Brosilow.