Celebrating Theater on the North Shore
The stage is always set for an evening of brilliant, world-class entertainment on Chicago’s North Shore. Get ready to shake off winter with this season’s mix of stirring dramas, boisterous musicals and fresh family fun. Set in diverse locations like architectural marvels with black-box flexibility, in-house bar and cabarets or traditional stage set extravaganzas, our local theater companies are devoted to bringing you stories to provoke, delight, or inspire. With loads of dining options near every space, you and your friends or family will have a full and memorable night.
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Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
10 Arts Circle Dr., Northwestern University, Evanston
This spring, Wirtz Center presents Peter and the Starcatcher
, running Apr. 24–May 3. This Tony-winning play, based on the best-selling novels upends the century-old story of how an orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. An orphan boy named Peter and his mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a magical secret safe and save the world from evil. Ages: 10+
325 Tudor Crt., Glencoe
Peter and the Starcatcher, Wirtz Center, Northwestern University, Evanston
Downtown Glencoe’s architectural delight houses the acclaimed Writers Theatre with another season of stand-out productions. A relaxing summer weekend on Martha’s Vineyard escalates when the LeVay brothers bring new girlfriends home to meet their affluent and imposing parents in Stick Fly
. The newcomers find themselves under scrutiny, long-hidden family tensions bubble to the surface and almost everyone finds themselves under a microscope as they grapple with arguments about class, race and cultural expectations. This bitingly funny comedy runs through Mar. 15. When a young Russian tennis phenom and an American superstar in his prime meet at center court, it’s a tough call whether the greatest drama is playing out off the court or on! The Last Match
explores family, the sacrifices we make for success and the legacy we leave behind. Mar. 18–Jun. 7
Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview
Stick Fly, Writers Theatre, Glencoe
Spring is the perfect time to visit the unqiue and itimate setting that is Oil Lamp Theater. From Mar. 19 - May 3 discover Cry it Out
, which offers a clear-eyed look at motherhood today as well as a poignant perspective on the joys and triumphs experienced by new parents. This dramatic comedy cuts through many of our romaticized preconceptions about motherhood as we join three new moms who are grappling with the biological, social and marital upheavals that confront them as new parents.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Cry it Out, Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview
Mix up your springtime frolics with some music and mirth. Aoife O'Donovan
(pronounced “ee-fuh”) returns for a special solo concert, Songs and Strings, on Mar. 21. Called “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by the New York Times
, O’Donovan is one of the most sought-after vocalists and songwriters of her generation. One of the true visionary and widely influential stand-up comedians, Academy Award winner Steven Wright
is a prototype comedian who continues to inspire. With his notorious deadpan, yet philosophical bent—"I intend to live forever. So far, so good.”—Wright will delight on Mar. 26. And channeling a legend, Linda Eder
brings her tribute show, Judy Garland: Me & My Shadow, Apr. 24.
927 Noyes St., Evanston
Linda Eder, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie
In Winter Circus: The Ghost in Gadsden's Garden
, the Actors Gym applies its unique brand of physicalized stage-craft to tell a ghastly tale of garden tending. Within the walls of an abandoned hilltop estate, reclusive groundskeeper Gadsden keeps the garden marvelous and lush for his adoring wife Vivian. There’s just one problem: Vivian is a ghost! What happens when a new kid in town investigates and finds more than anyone could have imagined? “The entire show is a treat for the eyes and heart from beginning to end" (Chicago Reader
) and is for children 5 and up through Mar. 22.
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Winter Circus: The Ghost in Gadsden's Garden, Actors Gymnasium, Evanston
The Wall Street Journal
calls Intimate Apparel
“one of the very best American plays of the past quarter-century." It’s 1905 and black seamstress Esther sews her way out of poverty, creating fine lingerie for her Manhattan clientele while longing for love and a future. She finds common ground with a Jewish fabric merchant, until her correspondence with a Caribbean man turns into a proposal. As her new marriage quickly leads to regret, Esther returns to her sewing machine to rebuild her life and refashion her future. On stage Mar. 12–Apr. 19.
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
721 Howard St., Evanston
Intimate Apparel, Northlight Theatre, Skokie
A hallmark of the Theo Ubique experience is their themed three-course, prix fixe dinner option served before the show often by cast members. This spring, the hilarious and heartbreaking Grey Gardens
tells the story of “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale following the fading fortunes of the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Once bright names on Long Island’s social register, they became East Hampton’s most notorious recluses. The Tony-winning musical is based on the cult classic 1975 documentary and runs through Apr. 26.
Grey Gardens, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Evanston
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