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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 - December 15, 2019
A DOLL'S HOUSE
A Doll's House: This focused one-act adaptation of the Henrik Ibsen classic reinvigorates the compelling story of the vibrant young Nora Helmer, deeply devoted to her husband Torvald. However, all is not as it appears: when Nora takes action to protect her husband, she unwittingly puts them both in jeopardy, testing the bonds of their marriage and forcing them to take stock of their relationship and ask themselves how well they truly know one another…
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - December 10, 2019
MURDER ON THE NILE
Murder on the Nile: Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.  *Caution: There are two gunshots during the performance.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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Now - December 15, 2019
THE NICETIES
In THE NICETIES by Eleanor Burgess, an accomplished Ivy League professor holds routine office hours with an ambitious young student to discuss her thesis: if history is written by the victors, who tells the story of the oppressed? Before long, quibbles over vocabulary and Wikipedia citations turn into a dangerous debate as both women passionately defend their perspective and their personal worldview—until one of them puts everything on the line to make her case.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - December 15, 2019
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
While the Bennets and Darcys are celebrating upstairs, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a holiday scandal. Lydia’s ne’er-do-well husband Mr. Wickham has arrived, and it’s up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly without revealing the unwelcome guest. As old misunderstandings and new secrets start to spiral out of control, the residents of Pemberley prove that family, forgiveness, and the true spirit of giving always win the day.
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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November 17, 2019
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations -- with hilarious, but dark, consequences. Captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London, the cast features Gwendoline Christie (“Game of Thrones”), Oliver Chris (NT Live’s “Young Marx”), David Moorst (NT Live’s “Allelujah!”) and Hammed Animashaun (“Barber Shop Chronicles”). Directed by Nicolas Hytner (NT Live’s Julius Caesar”), the sold-out summer 2019 run transforms the Bridge Theatre into a forest filled with flying fairies and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.
Location: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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November 29, 2019 - December 29, 2019
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE—A LIVE RADIO PLAY
It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play has become a holiday tradition at Oil Lamp – a tradition that audiences embrace enthusiastically as they’re swept up in the magic and whimsy of this timeless classic. Only seven actors bring the dozens of characters to life in a 1946 radio play — complete with sound effects – that tells the story of George Bailey, a young man whose troubles lead him to wish he’d never been born. He is visited by the angel Clarence who comes to earth on Christmas Eve to help George realize how many lives he has touched, just how blessed he has been, and how different the world would be if he’d never been there. 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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May 15, 2020 - May 24, 2020
PEERLESS
A modern twist on Macbeth, Peerless follows M & L, twins who are determined to gain admission to The College. When they discover someone else has been awarded “their” spot, the twins decide to resort to alternative methods to get what they want and let nothing stand in their way. This shocking play provides a wildly satirical look at academia, teenagers and race, and confronts the cut-throat world of college admissions as well as the extremes to which people will go to succeed.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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