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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 - March 3, 2019
DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER
Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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Now - March 2, 2019
NINA SIMONE: FOUR WOMEN
Nina Simone: Four Women — In the aftermath of 1963’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, Nina Simone rocked the nation with “Four Women,” her tribute in song to the four little girls lost in the tragedy. Powerful anthems such as “Mississippi Goddam,” “Old Jim Crow,” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” followed, fueling the Civil Rights movement and transforming her public persona from songstress to activist. Celebrate Ms. Simone’s lasting legacy in this provocative and personal musical journey.  
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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Now - March 17, 2019
MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM
This visceral American classic serves as the 1920s chapter of August Wilson's epic The American Century Cycle. What begins as a routine recording session becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. The white producers mean to exploit the talents of the band—especially the gifted and impulsive Levee—but when Ma insists on having things her way, tensions are enflamed and the play builds to an unexpected and searing climax. Inspired by the real-life Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, this groundbreaking work is the only play by American icon August Wilson to be set in Chicago.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - March 3, 2019
GUYS AND DOLLS
Guys and Dolls: Luck be a lady tonight in this hilarious romantic comedy that takes us through heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City! Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the cash, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Mobsters, mayhem and musical comedy light up the stage in this multiple award-winning Broadway fable that is beloved by generations.
Location: Ethel M. Barber Theater, Northwestern University, Evanston
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Now - March 24, 2019
ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
All the Time in the World is a circus about time. Trudy is a young girl who lives a hectic life with her very busy family, and who also has an imaginary friend. When Trudy’s imaginary friend is suddenly too busy to play with her and leaves to join the circus, she and her parents enter the circus paracosm to find more time and reunite Trudy and her imaginary friend.
Location: The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston
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February 23, 2019
AN EVENING WITH LEFTOVER SALMON
Few bands stick around for thirty years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band.  And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. Since their earliest days as a forward-thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix. Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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February 23, 2019
NOAM PIKELNY AND STUART DUNCAN
Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan: The virtuoso Punch Brothers banjoist (and Skokie native) returns to the club for two shows with fiddler Stuart Duncan at Evanston Space. 
Location: Evanston Space, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston
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February 24, 2019 - March 10, 2019
WHEN SHE HAD WINGS
A fiercely determined young girl and aspiring pilot named B. has decided that she must realize her destiny to fly before turning ten. In a makeshift airplane built in her backyard treehouse she recounts the thrilling and legendary victories of her hero, Amelia Earhart. That night following a tremendous summer thunderstorm, a mysterious birdlike visitor takes up residence in her imaginary cockpit and B. wonders if the strange creature may be an incarnation of her hero and inspiration to finally take flight.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
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March 1, 2019 - March 10, 2019
DANCEWORKS 2019
Danceworks 2019: The best of dance at Northwestern University is always on full display each year at the annual Danceworks concert featuring new works in a variety of styles including contemporary, ballet, and jazz. This year’s exciting showcase will feature new works from acclaimed Chicago-based choreographers Paige Fraser and J’Sun Howard, as well as works by Northwestern University dance faculty members Jeff Hancock and Joel Valentin-Martinez.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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March 8, 2019 - April 21, 2019
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. Then, ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway, seeking directions…  This touching story of two people finding love later in life will be a perfect fit for the intimate Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre. Part of the complete Theo Ubique experience includes dinner, served by the actors before the show, with dessert during intermission! Dinner reservations are accepted at the same time as you place your ticket order. For an additional $25, order the show with three-course dinner in one easy step. 
Location: Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre , 721 Howard Street,, Evanston
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April 6, 2019
PAULA POUNDSTONE
Paula Poundstone continues to amaze us with unforgettable sold-out performances as our audiences continue to clamor for her next return to our stage. A master of observational comedy for which she’s known, Paula is a rare comedic talent that can engage her audience with witty impromptu dialogue and produce rapturously roaring results. Each one of Paula’s shows is completely unique and unrepeatable. She can cleverly poke fun at someone without demeaning her comic target. Paula is warm and genuine—a true anti-celebrity!
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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May 9, 2019 - 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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May 11, 2019
SEGOVIA CLASSICAL GUITAR SERIES: JUDICA√čL PERROY
Segovia Classical Guitar Series features Judicaël Perroy, guitar. Since capturing first prize at the 15th Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, Judicaël Perroy has garnered worldwide acclaim as an extraordinary virtuoso guitarist. He is the winner of five Diapason d’Or awards and top prizes at the Ile-de-France, René Bartoli, and Bourg-Madame competitions. Highly sought after as a teacher, Perroy has coached students who went on to win regional, national, and international competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America.
 

Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at Beinen School of Music, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Northwestern University, Evanston
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May 17, 2019 - 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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June 8, 2019 - June 16, 2019
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING
Music Theater Works presents the "Pulitzer Prize-winning satire of 1960s big business' "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." J. Pierrepont Finch climbs the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive…tackling such dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing coworkers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. With the hit songs I Believe in You, The Brotherhood of Man, Grand Old Ivy and Company Way.  
Age 25 and younger are 1/2 price (suitable for 8 and older). 

Location: Music Theater Works at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson Street, Evanston
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