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North Shore Theatre Guide: January 2012

Black Pearl SingsLooking for some good theatre but don’t want to make the trek downtown? No worries. The North Shore theatre scene has plenty to offer.

Black Pearl Sings

January 13 – February 19
Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Highlighted by beautiful, a cappella renditions of little known American folk songs, this play tells the Depression-era story of two extraordinary women: a gifted singer stuck in a Texas prison and the Library of Congress song collector who is determined to introduce her silky voice and steely spirit to the world. Featuring E. Faye Butler. Tickets and showtimes.

Legally Blonde: The Musical

January 18- April 1, 2012
Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire

When college sweetheart and sorority queen, Elle Woods, gets dumped by her boyfriend she is determined to get him back. So she grabs her Chihuahua, puts down her credit cards, hits the books and sets out to go where no other Delta Nu has gone before – to join him at Harvard Law School. The verdict is that this much fun should not be legal! From sunny California to the Harvard Halls of Justice this all-singing, all-dancing feel good musical will be the highlight of your year. Call 847-634-0200 or visit

The Caretaker

Through March 25, 2012
Writer’s Theatre, 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe

Aston brings Davies, a fast talking tramp, to his cramped home full of odds and ends—best characterized as junk—offering him a bed and a much needed place to get on his feet.  Davies quickly realizes that Aston and his brother Mick have a different take on the world around them.  From Aston’s constant puttering and half finished fix-it jobs to Mick’s grand plans for the future, the three become an unlikely trio desperately trying to connect but always missing the mark. Written by Harold Pinter. Go here for tickets and showtimes.

The Girl in the Yellow Dress

January 19 – February 26
Next Theatre Company, Noyes Cultural Center, 927 Noyes St., Evanston

When Pierre, a French-Congolese pupil, signs up for English lessons with Celia, a beautiful young white teacher, they both get more than they bargained for. Set in contemporary Paris, this gripping new play explores the ways in which class, race, and language continue to divide us. Tickets and showtimes.


Saturday and Sunday, January 21 – February 5, 2012 at 11 am and 2 pm
Winnetka Theatre, Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka

A fun, witty retelling of the girl with the longest hair. This interactive show was written by the creators of the TV show Friends and appeals to kids of all ages, especially 3-10 years old. This fairy tale isn’t going to be business as usual. Tickets.


January 24 – March 18, 2012
Writer’s Theatre, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe

When Claudia left Ian and her old life in adult entertainment to return to her small-town roots, she found more than just a new start—she met her soon-to-be husband Trick, the local youth minister and a man of God.  But when Ian shows up on her doorstep just weeks before her wedding, their past together comes roaring back to life bringing doubts to Claudia’s now moral and well-ordered existence. Go here for tickets and showtimes.

The Bluest Eye

January 27-28 and February 3-4 at 8 pm; January 29 and February 5 at 2 pm
Northwestern’s Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Based on Tino Morrison’s first novel about a year in the life of a young black girl, named Pecola, in Lorain, Ohio, against the backdrop of America’s Midwest and the years following the Depression. Call 847-491-7282 or visit

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