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  T.I.C. TOP LIST - The Highest Rated Shows In Chicago
The "Theatre In Chicago (T.I.C.) Top List" is a list of the top rated plays now running in the Chicago area based on what the current reviews are saying. To see all of the play reviews go to Review Round-Up.

Rent  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Rent
 
The rock-infused score by Jonathan Larson will be performed in the intimate No Exit Cafe; a venue with more than a slight resemblance to the Life Cafe, the musical's setting for its first act finale. Scott Weinstein, director of Griffin's Titanic, and Seussical the Musical at Chicago Shakespeare will direct. Daniel Spagnuolo, choreographer of Kokandy Productions' The Full Monty will choreograph. Ramey will be music director.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Dueling Critics- Highly Recommended
Irish American News- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 

 
United Flight 232  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre United Flight 232
 
"I love you, hurry home. I love you." On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival, this brand new play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

 
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A Number  
Runcible Theatre Company at Royal George Theatre A Number
 
A father's quest to re-create the most pure and perfect child catapults his most beloved creation into the path of destruction. Caryl Churchill's A Number sheds light on the grey area between identity and belonging. Exploring the more jagged edges in a father/son relationship, A Number pushes these dynamics to the fore as the miracle of modern science, cloning, makes matters exponentially more complicated and explosive.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Dreamgirls  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Dreamgirls
 
Full of on-stage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls is the story of an up-and-coming 1960s all-female singing group from Chicago and the triumphs and tribulations that come on the road to fame and fortune, and features unforgettable hits including, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only" and "Listen." With a story that lives through the journey of popular music in America, and presented in Porchlight's signature intimate and up-close style, this Tony Award and Academy Award-winning musical will receive an intense and illuminating interpretation by Chicago's leading talents.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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Blue Man Group  
Briar Street Theatre Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Centerstage- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

 
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The Producers  
Mercury Theater The Producers
 
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is the surprising journey of two very different men who become friends. The Producers skewer Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Adding Machine: A Musical  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre Adding Machine: A Musical
 
ADDING MACHINE: A Musical tells the story of Mr. Zero, a modern-day everyman. He hates his wife, he hates his job, he hates his lot in life. After a lifetime spent adding figures for the same company, he comes to work one day only to find he's been replaced by a machine. ADDING MACHINE: A Musical is an expressionistic story of murder, salvation, and internalized oppression.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Othello: The Remix  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Othello: The Remix
 
Throw your hands up, Chicago-this this fresh urban take on the Bard's tragedy is back! Following acclaimed international tours and previous sold-out engagements in Chicago, the CST-commissioned hip-hop adaptation is spun out and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Since its world premiere as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad at Shakespeare's Globe-an artistic collaboration forged between Chicago hip-hop artists The Q Brothers and Chicago Shakespeare Creative Producer Rick Boynton-the production has toured widely, captivating audiences around the world, and garnering tremendous acclaim and multiple honors-including Edinburgh's Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best New Musical Theatre Show and a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.

Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin  
Royal George Theatre Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin
 
Hershey Felder returns to Chicago in this hit production of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin at Royal George Theatre. Even if you don't know him by name, you've heard plenty of Irving Berlin's songs: "God Bless America," "White Christmas," "Anything You Can Do," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "There's No Business Like Show Business" -- the list goes on and on. Now you have the opportunity to experience the quintessential American composer through the performance of an immensely talented actor, pianist and playwright. Hershey Felder has previously performed as George Gershwin, Beethoven and Chopin, and in Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, he takes on the role of one of America's most prolific composers. Felder's masterful creation of character and performance features Berlin's songs performed by Felder, as well as stories about Berlin's life and how he created the music we still love today. Don't miss this memorable show -- hailed as "richly entertaining and ultimately touching" by the Los Angeles Times.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 
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Arcadia  
Writers Theatre Arcadia
 
In the heart of a 19th century English country estate awash in secret desires, illicit affairs and professional rivalries, a brilliant young student proposes an earthshaking scientific theory. Two hundred years later at that same estate, academic adversaries Hannah and Bernard race to unravel the enticing mysteries left behind in a heated battle for intellectual and sexual dominance. Part detective story and part comedy of manners, Tom Stoppard's elegant, time-jumping masterpiece forges a complex comedy of wit, romance, poetry, sex and scientific theory, introducing characters whose lives and passions intersect across the centuries.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Somewhat Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended

 
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The Flick  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Flick
 
Three underpaid employees sweep up stale popcorn in a run-down movie house called The Flick, one of the last theaters in Massachusetts still projecting 35mm films. For Avery, this isnít a dead-end job. Itís a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. But will their tentative bond survive as they reveal what they actually need from each other? The Flick is a heartfelt cry for the kind of authentic connection we all want, even if weíre a little afraid of it.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 
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The Last Defender  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre The Last Defender
 
Set during the Cold War, The Last Defender draws on the era's sense of paranoia, and fear of nuclear attack to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Audiences members become the heroes of the story in The Defenders' underground headquarters. The United States and The Soviet Union are still mired in the Cold War. Artificial intelligence has been deployed alongside 8 bit arcade-style computer technologies to control our nuclear weapons. Players (audience members) will navigate their own paranoia, as well as the stresses of Mutually Assured Destruction to do the job of The Defenders. Everyone will work as a team to gather information, solve puzzles, and make increasingly difficult decisions in real time. All to complete The Defenders' mission and save the world.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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The House of Blue Leaves  
Raven Theatre The House of Blue Leaves
 
Set in Queens, New York during Pope Paul VI's 1965 visit, struggling songwriter Artie wants to be famous and feel important while his heavily medicated wife Bananas just wants to feel. Can Artie's old high school buddy, now a Hollywood movie producer, give him a shot at the big time? Or will a blessing from the Pope do the trick?

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended

 
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The Few  
Steep Theatre The Few
 
Four years ago, Bryan walked away from his life, his lover, and his labor of love - a magazine for long distance truckers. Now, he's back, without explanation and without answers, looking to finish what he couldn't on the road. In an anonymous highway town, The Few pulls together the pieces of lives filled with loss.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

 

 

To see the reviews of all plays go to Review Round-Up.