Next is a professional theater located in Evanston, and famous for producing high-quality, timely work. Their space is located inside the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, just a bit down the hall from the Actors' Gymnasium.
It can be fun to stroll around the building and see the visual art on display during intermission or before the show. The space itself is medium-sized, with old-style movie theater seating and enough of a rake to it that you can see pretty well from the last row. Parking in front of the building can be iffy if you don't get there early enough and the show is selling well; you may have to find nearby street parking and walk.
The space is a little far from most of the good bars and restaurants; the best bet would be to drive a little further south of Noyes until you get further into downtown Evanston to get a drink or a bite.