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THREE TO SEE: This Week's Theater Recommendations

By Melody Udell in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 20, 2013 4:20PM

Mary Ann Thebus and Josh Salt in Northlight Theatre's 4000 Miles. Photo by Michael Brosilow.

Strong-willed women take the stage this week.


The touring production of the recent Broadway revival stops in Chicago for a few weeks, bringing with it some familiar songs (“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” anyone?) and a not-so-familiar storyline following the rise of former Argentinean first lady Eva Peron. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 6.

Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., 312-384-1501 or online.

4000 Miles

Northlight’s newest production centers on a 21-year-old hippie kid who takes refuge at his grandma’s West Village apartment following a disastrous cross-country bike ride. Leave it to playwright Amy Herzog to combine truly funny dialogue with an ultimately gripping storyline. The show runs through Sunday, Oct. 20.

Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300 or online.

The Trip to Bountiful

Raven Theatre delivers a subtle, affecting drama about an elderly woman wanting to escape her overbearing son and daughter-in-law’s cramped apartment to fulfill her nostalgia-fueled dream of returning home. The show runs through Sunday, Nov. 17.

Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St., 773-338-2177 or online.