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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.

Be sure to grab a bite to eat before or after the show at a delicious restaurant nearby.

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Now - June 9, 2019
A NUMBER
Powerful, unpredictable and devastating, Caryl Churchill’s suspenseful A Number sees a father meeting his “estranged” son over several visits. As they reconnect, multiplying lies are uncovered, revealing a horrifying truth about their shared past that leads directly to the provocative questions: how much do we pass on to our children and is it really possible to atone for our mistakes? Set in a strikingly familiar future, this ingenious and illuminating twist on a family drama examines the idea of individuality and the very nature of identity.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - June 16, 2019
NEXT TO NORMAL
On the outside, The Goodmans seem like the average American family: house in the suburbs, white picket fence and two sharp-witted kids. But inside, their lives are anything but normal, with long-buried secrets that threaten to tear them apart. Featuring powerful lyrics and an electrifying score, this explosive musical uses wry humor and brutal honesty to explore how family trauma can fracture the American Dream, while ultimately leading to a chance at new beginnings. This deeply moving and captivating American musical took Broadway by storm in 2009, winning three Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - June 16, 2019
INTO THE BREECHES!
Into the Breeches: It’s 1942 and with the men off at war, the Oberon Play House is lacking its director and leading men. The season will be canceled… until the director’s wife rallies the troops at home for an all-female production. With the opportunity to move from the sidelines to centerstage, the women forge ahead with a spirit of collaboration, dauntless enthusiasm, and a belief in the power of art to move us forward. This surprisingly modern comedy proves that the show not only must, but will go on.    
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie
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Now - May 26, 2019
VOYEURS DE VENUS
Sara, a young African-American scholar of pop culture is writing a book about Saartjie Baartman, better known as the 19th-century sideshow sensation “The Hottentot Venus.” The deeper Sara delves, the more tragic and shocking Saartjie's story becomes, and the more Sara is forced to confront her own identity and complicated relationships. Faced with frequent dreams of Saartjie and pressure from her publishers, Sara is forced to wonder; can she honor the life and memory of Saartjie Bartman and still write a bestseller? Written by Northwestern alumni, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart People, The Bluest Eye), this bold, often comedic, and revealing drama won the Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Play” in 2006.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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Now - July 7, 2019
BEAU JEST: A COMEDY
James Sherman’s warmhearted comedy Beau Jest tells the story of Sarah Goldman, who doesn’t think her traditional Jewish parents will respond favorably to her boyfriend, a gentile guy named Chris Cringle. So what’s a nice girl to do but create a fictional Jewish doctor as her imaginary beau and hire a male escort to play him in front of the family? The problem is, her charade is a little too successful and Sarah starts falling for the fake! This sweet romantic comedy was an Off-Broadway success and also spawned a 2008 movie version starring Lainie Kazan. 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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June 1, 2019 - June 2, 2019
PROFESSIONAL CIRCUS TRAINING SHOWCASE
A jaw-dropping, one-weekend-only capstone showcase of the Actor's Gymnasium's nine month professional training program.
Location: Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston
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June 14, 2019 - July 28, 2019
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
Meet Hedwig Schmidt, an East German rock and roll goddess whose botched sex change operation left her with just “an angry inch.” Now, she and her band are out to right many wrongs. This landmark 1998 musical won the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2016 and you can see it in the sort of cabaret setting where it began. Part of the complete Theo Ubique experience includes dinner, served by the actors before the show, with dessert during intermission! For an additional $25, order the show with three-course dinner in one easy step. Dinner reservations accepted at the time of ticket order.
Location: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre , 721 Howard Street, Evanston
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