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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 16, 2018
WITCH
WITCH: Mischief is afoot in the sleepy village of Edmonton and the fate of the world is at stake in this smart modern fable. When the emotionally conflicted son of the local lord and an ambitious newcomer come into conflict, help presents itself to both of them in the same guise—as the Devil himself. But while these two young men take advantage of the Devil’s bargain to accomplish their own questionable ends, someone else in town stands her ground—Elizabeth, an outcast whom everyone believes to be a witch.
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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Now - November 18, 2018
THE FRONT PAGE
An irresistible comedy with thrills and derring do set in the news room. Hildy wants to break away from journalism and go on a belated honeymoon. There is a jailbreak and into Hildy’s hands falls the escapee as hostage. He conceals his prize in a rolltop desk and phones his scoop to his managing editor. Their job is to prevent other reporters and the sheriff from opening the desk and finding their story. Some hoodlums are enlisted to remove the desk, but they get mixed up with a Boy Scout troop and the mayor and a cleaning woman, among others. It’s a whirlwind wrap up with Hildy finally making his breakaway.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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October 26, 2018 - November 11, 2018
JANE EYRE
Jane Eyre: A thrilling, movement-based theatrical retelling of the classic novel in a boldly inventive way that you have never experienced before! As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is taught by a succession of severe guardians to stifle her natural exuberance and as a result, she locks a part of herself away out of view from polite society. That is until she arrives at Thornfield Hall to begin work as a governess to the young child of Edward Rochester. Adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by Polly Teale.
Location: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center, Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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November 2, 2018 - November 18, 2018
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN
Explore a day in the life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his colorful friends in the Peanuts gang including Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Linus, and of course Snoopy! Based on the beloved Charles Schultz comic strip that have delighted countless generations, this witty and big-hearted Broadway musical features charming songs and vignettes that remind us of the joys of friendship and the pleasure of the simple things in life.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
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November 3, 2018
BOZ SCAGGS: OUT OF THE BLUES TOUR
Boz Scaggs: It’s appropriate that Boz Scaggs‘ new album is Out of the Blues, since the blues is what first sparked his five-decade musical career. Born William Royce Scaggs in Canton, Ohio on June 8, 1944, Boz grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, where he spent his teenage years immersed in the blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll. Scaggs mined a personalized mix of rock, blues and R&B influences, along with a signature style of ballads on such influential ’70s albums as Moments, Boz Scaggs & Band, My Time, Slow Dancer and 1976’s Silk Degrees. VIP Package Options available. A digital download of Boz Scaggs’ forthcoming album, Out of the Blues, is included with every ticket for this show.  
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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November 7, 2018 - December 16, 2018
TWELFTH NIGHT OR WHAT YOU WILL
Shakespeare’s romantic, boisterous and poignant comedy has never felt more relevant—or more hilarious! When young Viola is shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore, presuming her twin brother drowned in the same wreck, she must disguise herself as a man to secure a job with the local Duke Orsino. But when asked to further Orsino’s romantic interests with the powerful Olivia, she finds herself tangled in an increasingly confused love triangle. One of Western literature’s greatest comedies, Twelfth Night imagines a world where up is down, hot is cold and love is not always what it seems!
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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November 8, 2018 - December 16, 2018
MANSFIELD PARK
Mansfield Park: When shy but clever Fanny Price is sent away by her overburdened parents, she must learn to navigate life as the poor relation at her aunt and uncle’s wealthy estate. Playwright Kate Hamill, known for her “rollicking, heartfelt ‘Sense and Sensibility’ and a naughty and frantic ‘Vanity Fair’” (New York Times), brings her unique sense of playfulness and theatricality to Jane Austen’s classic tale of social satire and the quest for romance.  
Location: Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie
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November 9, 2018 - December 2, 2018
A CHORUS LINE
A Chorus Line: The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical sensation about "every little step" towards the ultimate Broadway dream! A Broadway chorus audition comes to life in one of the most celebrated musicals of all time with a brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and drama.  
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center | Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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November 9, 2018
SMARTY PANTS PRESENTS THE BIG BALLOON SHOW!
Called “simply amazing” by WGN-TV, the Big Balloon Show is a theatrical style balloon stage show featuring magic, slapstick comedy and Smarty’s award-winning giant balloon props. The Big Balloon Show is much more than just “kids” entertainment. Smarty Pants’ eye-popping, larger than life balloon creations will have the entire family exclaiming, “I never believed it was possible to do such things with balloons.”
Location: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka
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November 15, 2018
RICHARD MARX
As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s over three-decade-long career has had innumerable highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” and “Don’t Mean Nothing” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both Rush Street (with two #1 AC hits in “Keep Coming Back” and “Hazard”) and Paid Vacation (with its #1 AC hit, “Now and Forever”) went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.  
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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November 17, 2018
NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: KING LEAR
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Location: Northwestern Wirtz Center / Josephine Louis Theater , 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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November 24, 2018
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER
Beginning with their first performances in the early 1970s, The Manhattan Transfer has become the cornerstone of contemporary music. Known for their amazing harmony and versatility, incorporating pop, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, swing, symphonic, and a cappella music, the group was signed by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun to Atlantic Records. The group made their recording debut with the self-titled album in 1975. Known primarily as an East Coast cult act, they expanded their following by starring in their own 1975 CBS-TV variety series as a summer replacement for the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Starting as an underground group in New York City, The Manhattan Transfer garnered international popularity when “Chanson D’Amour” from the 1976 Coming Out album became a number one hit in Europe.  
Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
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November 29, 2018 - December 30, 2018
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE—A LIVE RADIO PLAY
Oil Lamp Theater invites you to kick off the holiday season with their presentation of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life — A Live Radio Play. This heartwarming classic is a show within a show. It’s December 24, 1946 in Studio A at WBFR Radio, and a cast of six actors is preparing to present It’s a Wonderful Life live to the listening audience. With the help of only a sound-effects artist, the ensemble re-enacts the story of George Bailey, a young man whose dreams of traveling the world are thwarted by his sense of responsibility to the family business. Down on his luck, Bailey, compassionate yet disheartened, is at the end of his rope. He questions his purpose in life and considers ending it all. Just then, an angel arrives to show Bailey how the lives of those he loves would be affected if he were not around. The story’s message is profound and remains relevant for today’s audiences.
Location: Oil Lamp Theater, 1723 Glenview Road, Glenview
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December 16, 2018 - December 17, 2018
AN EVENING WITH PIGPEN THEATRE CO.
Writers Theatre, presents 'An Evening with PigPen Theatre Company, a two-night only concert series featuring the stars of PigPen (The Hunter and the Bear, The Old Man and the Old Moon), with a few surprises for the holiday season. Tickets available by phone, online and at the ticket office. 
Location: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe
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January 6, 2019
CHARLIE MARS
Evanston SPACE:  Charlie Mars has been a journeyman artist with all the ups and downs that entails, from major label releases and high profile gigs opening for the likes of REM, KT Tunstall, Citizen Cope, Steve Earle, among others, from uncertainty to redemption. Now, with the extraordinary new Blackberry Light, the Mississippi-based troubadour builds upon the distinctive musical approach first mined on his 2009 breakthrough Like A Bird, Like A Plane, employing supple grooves and ambient Daniel Lanois-inspired production to enhance the elemental force of his classic songwriting influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, Bill Withers and Dire Straits. From the dreamlike, “Nothing But The Rain,” to the shimmering “Picture of an Island,” the album sees Mars delving deep within to offer insight and a path to self awareness and ultimately transcendence via a gracefully beatific distillation of folk, rock, and smooth acoustic soul.
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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January 26, 2019
ELLIS PAUL
Evanston SPACE: Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. Catch him at Evanston Space. 
Location: Evanston SPACE, 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
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May 11, 2019
SEGOVIA CLASSICAL GUITAR SERIES
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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