February Theater Highlights

Even the busiest of couples usually find time for at least one date night this month. Make it memorable with a trip to the theater.

With historical journeys, memes on parenting, and classics from Pinter and some guy named Shakespeare, there’s certain to be a show to light your fire.

The Whipping Man
Through February 24
Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Are you in love with a history buff? Consider Northlight’s latest offering—the story of a Confederate soldier that reunites with two former slaves after the war, and their attempts to rebuild their lives.


God of Carnage
Opens February 8
Citadel Theatre Company, 300 S. Waukegan Rd., Lake Forest

Date night is a great night—to laugh about the wiles of parenting. A Tony Award winner featuring two couples taking a playground fight from a molehill to a mountain.


february-theater-dogEverything is Illuminated
Opens February 21
Next Theatre, 927 Noyes St., Evanston
847-475-1875 x.2

Keep it local with dinner and a play in Evanston—Simon Block’s adaptation of this Jonathan Safran Foer novel takes you on a journey of familial discovery.


Julius Caesar
Opens February 5
Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

A Shakespeare classic comes to life with directing powerhouse John Munby—a great selection for your favorite politico.


Sweet Charity
Through March 31
Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Winnetka

The lead character’s last name is Valentine, after all … don’t miss this Neil Simon classic about a girl who can’t help but make the wrong choices, directed by Michael Halberstam.


The Birthday Party
Through May 19
Steppenwolf Theatre,  1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago

Take your date old school with a Harold Pinter classic from 1958. Steppenwolf ensemble member John Mahoney is featured in a tale of a boarding house and a birthday party gone wrong.


Theater Guide

Goodman Theatre
Other Desert Cities
Through February 17

Lifeline Theatre
The City & The City
Opens February 15

Lookingglass Theatre
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
Through March 17

Cadillac Palace
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
February 15–17

Bank of America Theatre
The Book of Mormon

Chicago Children’s Theatre
Bud, Not Buddy
Through February 24

Victory Gardens Theater
Through February 24

Profiles Theatre
The Dream of the Burning Boy