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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.

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Now - March 24, 2019
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
All the Time in the World is a circus about time. Trudy is a young girl who lives a hectic life with her very busy family, and who also has an imaginary friend. When Trudy’s imaginary friend is suddenly too busy to play with her and leaves to join the circus, she and her parents enter the circus paracosm to find more time and reunite Trudy and her imaginary friend.
Location: The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston
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Now - April 21, 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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April 6, 2019
PAULA POUNDSTONE
Paula Poundstone continues to amaze us with unforgettable sold-out performances as our audiences continue to clamor for her next return to our stage. A master of observational comedy for which she’s known, Paula is a rare comedic talent that can engage her audience with witty impromptu dialogue and produce rapturously roaring results. Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable. She can cleverly poke fun at someone without demeaning her comic target. Paula is warm and genuine—a true anti-celebrity!
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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April 13, 2019
NT LIVE: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND
National Theatre Live: Richard II, King of England, is irresponsible, foolish and vain. His weak leadership sends his kingdom into disarray and his court into uproar. Seeing no other option but to seize power, the ambitious Bolingbroke challenges the throne and the king’s divine right to rule.
Location: Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Josephine Louis Theater; 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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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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June 8, 2019 - June 16, 2019
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Music Theater Works presents the "Pulitzer Prize-winning satire of 1960s big business' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." J. Pierrepont Finch climbs the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive…tackling such dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. With the hit songs I Believe in You, The Brotherhood of Man, Grand Old Ivy and Company Way.  
Age 25 and younger are 1/2 price (suitable for 8 and older). 

Location: Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston
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