Must-See Shows During North Shore Theater Week
Chicago’s North Shore is home to some of the best theater in the country and now is the perfect time to see it for yourself. From Feb. 7-17, celebrate North Shore Theater Week as local companies offer a variety of discounts on tickets. All you have to do is use the codes below. From kid-friendly plays to hilarious comedies, there’s something for everyone, so get out of the cold and warm up at one of these must-see shows. Make a night of it with dinner at one of the delicous restaurants participating in North Shore Restaurant Month.
The Actors Gymnasium
927 Noyes St., Evanston
Did you ever have an imaginary friend? Did they run off to join the circus? Trudy’s has, and now she and her parents will follow in hopes of getting just a little more time together. Watch the story unfold as this circus and performing arts training center presents “All the Time in the World: An Imaginary Circus” Feb. 16 to March 24. Use code NSTW to receive $15 tickets for the Feb. 17 show.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
This theater complex hosts a variety of acts and plays, so you'll always find something you'll love. On Feb. 15, don't miss Piff the Magic Dragon, the hilarious magician who wowed audiences on "America's Got Talent." Joining Piff, who has performed at venues like Radio City Music Hall and the Sydney Opera House and gone on tour with Mumford & Sons, will be Mr. Piffles, the World's Only Magic Performing Chihuahua. Use code PIFF30 to receive $30 tickets. Or, use code OKEE15 to get $15 tickets for The Okee Dokee Brothers concerts on Feb. 16. This duo creates family-friendly songs all about getting outside and exploring nature, and they've won a Grammy Award and five Parents' Choice Awards. Your kids are guaranteed to be dancing in their seats.
All the Time in the World: An Imaginary Circus, Actors Gymnasium, Evanston
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
This theater company also performs at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts with a mission "to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiences." Through March 2, see "Nina Simone: Four Women," a celebration of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nina Simone's legacy and impact on the civil rights movement. For $30 tickets, use code CTW19 online or by phone. (Sunday matinees and premium seating are not eligible. All tickets are subject to availability.)
Okee Dokee Brothers, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
This intimate theater presents the hilarious comedy "Don't Dress for Dinner" through March 3. What Bernard thought would be a romantic evening with his mistress while his wife is away turns into a night of "mistaken identities, lusty hijinks, and inspired lunacy" because Bernard's wife is also having an affair ... with his best friend, who Bernard invited to dinner as his alibi. See it all unfold during North Shore Theater Week with $30 tickets that can be redeemed by calling 847-834-0738 and mentioning "Theater Week."
Nina Simone: Four Women, Northlight Theatre, Skokie
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Don't Dress for Dinner, Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview
Northwestern University, 10 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
You have two chances to see a production at Northwestern's Wirtz Center this February. First up is a "new version" of "The Cherry Orchard," a classic tragicomedy about a family spending one last summer on their cherished estate, running Feb. 1-10. Then starting Feb. 15, it's time for another classic with "Guys and Dolls," the 1951 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical. Use code CTW19 for $15 tickets.
The Cherry Orchard, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Northwestern University, Evanston
321 Park Ave., Glencoe
Once called the best theater company in the country by The Wall Street Journal, Writers Theatre is a gorgeous venue always filled with must-see productions. Starting Feb. 6, Writers will present "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" by August Wilson. Set in Chicago during the 1920s, the play centers on a blues band that must stand up to the owners of their recording studio. The show is recommended for those age 13 and older due to strong language and violence, but the theater will partner with Kohl Children's Museum for a family-friendly event in connection with the play on March 1.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Writers Theatre, Glencoe
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