North Shore theater welcomes you back with a bang and very special offers — from March 24 through April 24 — to sweeten your evening. The stages are set for incredible entertainment and the restaurant selections will help you really make a night of it.
Intimate Apparel, Northlight Theatre
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Through May 15
$25 tickets for preview performances April 14-21 with promo code “SILK25” (limit 4)
Esther, a Black seamstress in 1905, sews her way out of poverty in Intimate Apparel creating fine lingerie for Manhattan clients while longing for a husband and a future. She bonds with a Jewish fabric merchant, a relationship they know cannot grow. So when correspondence with a Caribbean man leads to a marriage proposal, she accepts. When this quickly leads to regret, Esther returns to sewing to rebuild her life and refashion her future. Jameson's Charhouse (9525 N. Skokie Blvd.) and Nando's PERi PERi (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd.) are great options to round out your night out.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
DC's Reflecting Fools, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Now and Then, Oil Lamp Theater, Glenview
Oil Lamp Theater
1723 Glenview Rd., Glenview
Through May 1
20% off with promo code “NorthShoreArts”
This inviting and intimate theater brings you the heartfelt romantic comedy Now and Then. It’s 1981 and, as Jamie is closing the bar, a desperate last-minute customer offers him and girlfriend Abby two grand to share a drink. As the trio swaps stories, Jamie considers decisions he faces about his musical career and a future with Abby. The young couple begins to realize the older man is unusually invested in them; but his reason seems unbelievable! Until a very displeased second stranger arrives…. Check out choice Glenview restaurants Ten Ninety Brewing Company (1025 Waukegan Rd.) and Gusto Italiano Ristorante (1834 Glenview Rd.).
Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts
Begal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie
Skokie Theater, Skokie
7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie
Through April 30
$30 tickets with code "CNS"
While a raging thunderstorm traps 10 weekend guests in an English country home, they discover wealthy Lord Rancour has been murdered. Did the butler do it? Is the killer the saucy maid, the ne’er-do-well nephew, the young ingénue with her dashing new boyfriend or another guest? Filled with campy songs and zany characters, Something's Afoot is a hilarious spoof of our favorite murder mysteries. Libertad (7931 Lincoln Ave.), The Village Inn Sports Bar and Grill (8050 Lincoln Ave.) and Makisu Sushi Lounge & Grill (7150 Carpenter Rd.) offer something for everyone’s taste buds.
Once Upon a Mattress, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Evanston
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
721 Howard St., Evanston
Through May 1
$40 tickets with promo code “NSHORE”
It’s a grand time for a revival of the beloved Once Upon a Mattress. Long ago and far away, Queen Aggravain decreed no one could marry until her son found a bride. Many princesses came to win his hand, but none could pass the Queen’s impossible tests. That is, until a “shy” swamp princess showed up. With a wave of wonderful songs, this rollicking spin on The Princess and the Pea provides side-splitting shenanigans. Hit Howard Street restaurants Good To Go Jamaican Cuisine (711 Howard St.), Peckish Pig (623 Howard St.) and Ward Eight (629 W. Howard St.) for a meal or small bites and cocktails.