With so many awesome theater companies in Chicago, there would seem to be no reason to schlep twenty-four miles up to Glencoe. But for more than twenty years, Michael Halberstam and his Writers Theatre ensemble have made the trip worthwhile. Combining an intimate experience (in a women’s library!) with strong direction and excellent casts, you rarely make a mistake in attending any of their productions. Recent successes have included David Cromer’s chilling rendition of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the sexy production of “Picnic” and the current offering, a puppetry-infused “The Old Man and the Old Moon.” It’s no wonder a leading national publication called Writers Theatre “the best drama company in the nation.” In late 2014 the company expects to break ground on a Jeanne Gang-designed new home, so go this year and check out the existing space. There’s free parking, and if you don’t drive, the theater is steps from the Metra Union Pacific North train line.
325 Tudor, Glencoe, (847)242-6000, writerstheatre.org
Best of Chicago 2013