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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 - October 20, 2019
MOTHER OF THE MAID
Isabelle Arc is a hard-working, pious peasant woman with an odd and extraordinary daughter. When adolescent Joan announces she’s having visions, her mother isn’t quite sure if she should credit the Holy Spirit or teen hormones. But with faith in God and her destiny, Joan sets off to lead the French at war. As she ascends from farm girl to holy martyr, we follow the unexpected perspective of her proud, fierce, and frightened mom in this deeply moving drama about the glories and challenges of raising an exceptional child.
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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September 25, 2019 - 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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September 27, 2019
LEWIS BLACK: ALIVE IN CONCERT
Lewis Black gives live performances that provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is more of a pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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September 28, 2019
LEWIS BLACK: ALIVE IN CONCERT
Lewis Black gives live performances that provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is more of a pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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October 4, 2019 - October 13, 2019
LERNER AND LOEWE’S GREATEST HITS
Lerner and Loewe’s Greatest Hits shares the classics from the "Golden Age of Broadway." They wrote some of the most famous and beloved shows ever to grace a Broadway stage: Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. Enjoy a concert of Lerner and Loewe’s hits, including 'I Could Have Danced All Night, If Ever I Would Leave You, They Call the Wind Maria, The Night They Invented Champagne and Almost Like Being Love.' Ages 25 and younger are half-priced tickets. Suitable for ages 12 and older.
Location: Music Theater Works at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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October 20, 2019
MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE: "THE CHASE"—HAYDN, HANDEL, AND RAMEAU
In the 18th century, hunting was more than a leisure activity—it was a potent symbol of power, virility, and even good government. Nicholas Kraemer leads a wonderfully evocative program that brings the natural world of “the hunt” to life, from the hunting scene in Rameau’s opera Hippolyte et Aricie to Haydn’s Chase Symphony to Bach’s delightful Hunt Cantata.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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October 26, 2019
RYAN HAMILTON
Ryan Hamilton's 2017 stand-up special on Netflix original, Happy Face, follows a wealth of television appearances and a non-stop headlining tour. Armed with the unique perspective of growing up in rural Idaho to become a favorite in the New York stand-up comedy scene, Hamilton's one-of-a-kind. He’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to Watch, and recent appearances include The Late Show with Stephen ColbertConan, and opening spots for Jerry Seinfeld. Ryan is endearing stand-up lovers, and his future is bright.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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November 1, 2019 - November 10, 2019
WINNIE-THE-POOH
Join Winnie-the-Pooh, the famous bear of very little brain, and his friends of the Hundred Acre Wood on a fun-filled musical journey about the importance of friendship. Featuring a folk music score infused with acoustic harmonies, this charming and whimsical musical adaptation also uses poetry from A.A. Milne’s original books that will surely touch the heart and delight young audiences and their families alike.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater/ Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
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November 6, 2019 - 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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November 7, 2019
DEMETRI MARTIN: WANDERING MIND TOUR
Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, artist, writer, and director. He began doing standup comedy in New York, where he worked as a staff writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien and then became a regular performer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. VIP tickets available! 
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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November 7, 2019 - 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

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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