Warm Up With Crackling Yarns

It’s the middle of winter; a perfect time to sit back in a dark room and watch a good yarn.

Head out to local theaters and warm up with some crackling good stories, and maybe even some songs.

Northlight Theatre’s “Black Pearl Sings!”
January 13-February 19
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

Northlight favorite E. Faye Butler stars in this Depression-era story of two women: an imprisoned singer and a song collector determined to show her talent to the world. The show features lovely a cappella renditions of little-known American folk songs; it’s an uplifting evening of rootsy tradition.

TimeLine Theatre’s “Enron”
January 17-April 15
615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago
773-281-8463 x6

A West End hit, this savagely funny, sprawling tragedy chronicles one of the most infamous scandals in business history. The piece offers unique insight into the backroom deals and rush of greed that triggered a staggering financial collapse in a world where nothing is as it seems.

Emerald City Theatre’s “Alexander and Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
February 18-June 17
The Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Emerald City Theatre brings Judith Viorst’s classic children’s book to life as a high-energy musical. Alexander has the worst day of his life: no dessert at lunch, kissing on TV and the knowledge that grown-ups just don’t care! It’s a fun instruction manual that shows kids how to deal with everyday frustrations.

Theater Wit/Boho Theatre, “The North Plan”

February 23-March 31
1229 W. Belmont, Chicago

Acclaimed director Kimberly Senior directs this dark, political satire about a federal bureaucrat locked up in a small-town Missouri jail. He’s desperate to escape and thwart a constitutional crisis that would throw the country into tyrannical turmoil.

Goodman Theatre’s “The Convert”
February 25-March 25
170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

The British left southern Africa long ago, but the effects of their rule still linger. “The Convert” takes a look at the cultural and religious collisions caused by colonialism. Jekesai, a young Christian convert, escapes a forced marriage. She’s caught between family loyalties and her new faith when an anti-colonial uprising forces her to choose where her heart belongs.

Theater Directory

American Theater Company
Through March 4

Broadway in Chicago
“American Idiot”
Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre
February 7-19
“South Pacific”
Cadillac Palace Theatre
February 14-26

Chicago Children’s Theater
“The Houdini Box”
Through March 4

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
“The Feast: An Intimate Tempest”
Through March 11
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
February 7-April 8
“Short Shakespeare! The Taming of the Shrew”
February 25-April 7

The Citadel
February 3-March 4

Emerald City Theatre
“Snow White”
Through May 20

Goodman Theatre
Through February 19

Marriott Theatre
“Legally Blonde”
Through March 25

Steppenwolf Theatre
Through February 5
“Time Stands Still”
Through May 13
“Garage Rep”
February 3-April 8

Lifeline Theatre
February 3-March 25
KidSeries: “How to Survive a Fairy Tale”
Through February 26

Lookingglass Theatre
“Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting”
Through February 19

Writers’ Theatre
“The Caretaker”
Through March 25
Through March 18

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