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From critically acclaimed dramas and hilarious comedies to upbeat musicals and performances just for kids, there's a performance for everyone. See this season's lineup below.

Be sure to grab a bite to eat before or after the show at a delicious restaurant nearby.

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Now - May 5, 2019
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. Then, ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway, seeking directions…  This touching story of two people finding love later in life will be a perfect fit for the intimate Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. Part of the complete Theo Ubique experience includes dinner, served by the actors before the show, with dessert during intermission! Dinner reservations are accepted at the same time as you place your ticket order. For an additional $25, order the show with three-course dinner in one easy step. 
Location: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre , 721 Howard Street,, Evanston
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Now - June 9, 2019
A NUMBER
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill’s suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his “estranged” son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes? Set in a strikingly familiar future, this ingenious and illuminating twist on a family drama examines the idea of individuality and the very nature of identity.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - May 5, 2019
PLAY ON!
This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play (Murder Most Foul) in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show; Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. As always, enjoy BYOB (Bring your own bottle) and free homemades cookies at every performance.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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April 25, 2019
TERRY REID WITH RAILHEART
Cult British rock hero Terry Reid—who famously turned down Jimmy Page's offer to join Led Zeppelin and performed at Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 and Glastonbury in 1971—comes to SPACE for a special night of music on April 25, with support from local country-rockers Railheart.

Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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April 26, 2019 - May 5, 2019
SCHILLER'S MARY STUART
Schiller's Mary Stuart: An all-female cast brings to life a dramatic interpretation of the clash between the imprisoned Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots and her rival Queen Elizabeth I. Schiller’s classic play, in an acclaimed translation by Peter Oswald, crafts a compelling portrait of a tragic heroine rising above her suffering to gain absolution and spiritual enlightenment. In contrast, Elizabeth, in turmoil over the correct course of action for her country and trapped by the cruel demands of her court, can insure her sovereignty only at a terrible moral cost. Ignited by a fictitious meeting of the two women, this dramatic political battle of the two titular queens reveals equal parts human tragedy and an emotional war of words that echo throughout history.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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April 26, 2019
SEGOVIA CLASSICAL GUITAR SERIES: O'DETTE AND MCFARLANE
Lutenist Paul O’Dette, winner of a Grammy Award and the Diapason d’Or, has performed at major international festivals throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. He has appeared with respected conductors and ensembles including Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Tafelmusik, The Parley of Instruments, and Tragicomedia, and recorded for the Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Decca, Sony, and Hyperion labels, among others. Grammy-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane is a founding member of Ayreheart and the Baltimore Consort. Together, O’Dette and McFarlane present a rare duo lute performance not to be missed.  
Location: Bienen School of Music / Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston
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April 27, 2019
BROKEN ARROW TRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG
The band delivers these classic songs faithfully while taking them out on some jamming excursions and tastefully tweaking some of the arrangements. Joe Mass nails the Neil vocals perfectly and the harmonies are spot on. They have audiences on their feet singing along and demanding encores at every show.
Location: Evanston Rocks, 1012 Church St., Evanston
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April 28, 2019
SKOKIE VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: INSPIRATIONS
Composers find inspiration everywhere—in the seasons, in regional life and folklore, in flowers, in a lost ring…. The orchestra plays inspired works by four composers. The guest soloist is alto saxophonist Matthew Dardick, a winner of last spring’s Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition. Pre Concert Lecture with Dr. Vaughn begins at 2:00 PM
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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April 28, 2019
SKOKIE VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: THREE OLD MASTERS
Three Old Masters: Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart both admired the works of Bach—Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, J.S. Bach’s fifth child. The orchestra plays works by the older master and the two younger ones. Pre Concert Lecture with Dr. Vaughn begins at 2:00 PM. 
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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May 3, 2019
88TH ANNUAL WAA-MU SHOW: FOR THE RECORD
In this day and age, when women’s voices fight to be heard, one New York journalist embarks on a project to chronicle the lives of three of history’s most incredible women. Though these women dedicated their careers to changing the world, their stories have been all but erased from historical record. Now one woman’s quest to reveal their lives will end up shaping her own. Inspired by a true story, this year’s Waa-Mu show FOR THE RECORD asks the age-old question – how can we learn from our past in order to create a more enlightened future?
Location: Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston
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May 3, 2019
PAUL REISER
Comedian, actor, television writer, author and musician Paul Reiser has spent over thirty years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows. He was also voted one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time.”
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie
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May 3, 2019 - May 5, 2019
THE FLICK
IThe Flick: An a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty rows, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies shown on their screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, THE FLICK is a heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
Location: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center / Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
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May 8, 2019 - June 16, 2019
NEXT TO NORMAL
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings. This deeply moving and captivating American musical took Broadway by storm in 2009, winning three Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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May 9, 2019 - June 16, 2019
INTO THE BREECHES!
Into the Breeches: It’s 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled… until the director’s wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.    
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie
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May 11, 2019
JUDICAËL PERROY, GUITAR
Since capturing first prize at the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, Judicaël Perroy has garnered worldwide acclaim as an extraordinary virtuoso guitarist. He is the winner of five Diapason d’Or awards and top prizes at the Ile-de-France, René Bartoli, and Bourg-Madame competitions. Highly sought after as a teacher, Perroy has coached students who went on to win regional, national, and international competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America.  
Location: Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall / Bienen School of Music, 70 Arts Circle, Evanston
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May 11, 2019
SEGOVIA CLASSICAL GUITAR SERIES: JUDICAËL PERROY
Segovia Classical Guitar Series features Judicaël Perroy, guitar. Since capturing first prize at the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, Judicaël Perroy has garnered worldwide acclaim as an extraordinary virtuoso guitarist. He is the winner of five Diapason d’Or awards and top prizes at the Ile-de-France, René Bartoli, and Bourg-Madame competitions. Highly sought after as a teacher, Perroy has coached students who went on to win regional, national, and international competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America.
 

Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Beinen School of Music, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston
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May 12, 2019
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: PULPIT & PLAYHOUSE
Music of the Baroque: Pulpit & Playhouse. Whether written for the chapel or crafted for the stage, Baroque music goes hand in hand with theater. Nicholas Kraemer leads Handel’s thrilling Dixit Dominus and Bach’s impassioned Cantata 131, “Out of the depths / I call, Lord, to you.” Excerpts from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, a perfect marriage of poetry and dance, round out a night of musical drama.  
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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May 17, 2019 - May 26, 2019
VOYEURS DE VENUS
Sara, a young African-American scholar of pop culture is writing a book about Saartjie Baartman, better known as the 19th-century sideshow sensation “The Hottentot Venus.” The deeper Sara delves, the more tragic and shocking Saartjie's story becomes, and the more Sara is forced to confront her own identity and complicated relationships. Faced with frequent dreams of Saartjie and pressure from her publishers, Sara is forced to wonder; can she honor the life and memory of Saartjie Bartman and still write a bestseller? Written by Northwestern alumni, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart People, The Bluest Eye), this bold, often comedic, and revealing drama won the Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Play” in 2006.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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May 23, 2019 - July 7, 2019
BEAU JEST: A COMEDY
James Sherman’s warmhearted comedy Beau Jest tells the story of Sarah Goldman, who doesn’t think her traditional Jewish parents will respond favorably to her boyfriend, a gentile guy named Chris Cringle. So what’s a nice girl to do but create a fictional Jewish doctor as her imaginary beau and hire a male escort to play him in front of the family? The problem is, her charade is a little too successful and Sarah starts falling for the fake! This sweet romantic comedy was an Off-Broadway success and also spawned a 2008 movie version starring Lainie Kazan. As always, enjoy BYOB (Bring your own bottle) and free cookies from Oil Lamp Theater.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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June 14, 2019 - July 28, 2019
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Meet Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock and roll goddess whose botched sex change operation left her with just “an angry inch.” Now, she and her band are out to right many wrongs. This landmark 1998 musical won the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2016 and you can see it in the sort of cabaret setting where it began. Part of the complete Theo Ubique experience includes dinner, served by the actors before the show, with dessert during intermission! For an additional $25, order the show with three-course dinner in one easy step. Dinner reservations accepted at the time of ticket order.
Location: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre , 721 Howard Street, Evanston
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