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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.

Moby Dick  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 

 
Miracle!  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Mary's Attic Miracle!
 
MIRACLE! tells the story of Helen Stellar, a young deaf and blind drag queen who loves to perform under the watchful eye of her drag mother who just happens to be her biological father - Crystal Pain. Crystal is owner of The Brass Connection, an old school drag club where the performers are just like any other normal family - crazy as hell. When the state assigns Annie Sullivan to teach Helen to better communicate, all hell breaks loose and we soon discover that Helen is the most normal of all of the inhabitants of The Brass Connection. MIRACLE! is about family (biological and chosen), a father and son, gay and lesbian subculture and finding your voice.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 
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Bad Jews  
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 

 
All Our Tragic  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre All Our Tragic
 
The Hypocrites present a return engagement of its critically acclaimed world premiere ALL OUR TRAGIC. From the most popular titles to the most rarely produced, experience the 32 surviving Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides in one breathtaking and unforgettable theatrical event. ALL OUR TRAGIC builds on the success of The Hypocrites’ 2011 production of Sophocles: Seven Sicknesses, which received critical praise and earned multiple Jeff Awards including Best Production and Best Director. ALL OUR TRAGIC is designed to create a contemporary Festival of Dionysus, the ancient gatherings for which these tragedies were originally crafted – to bring together a daily community to bond, eat food, drink wine and discuss complicated topics of society that we have been wrestling with since the creation of civilization.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 

 
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 Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

 
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A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook
 
A cabaret of songs by the composer of "The Way We Were," A Chorus Line and many other Broadway musicals and films. A Marvin Hamlisch Songbook will feature new arrangements and musical direction by Aaron Benham, who provided music direction and arrangements for Theo Ubqiue's A Cole Porter Songbook and A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters and was music director for Theo's Always... Patsy Cline.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
Million Dollar Quartet  
Apollo Theater Million Dollar Quartet
 
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed 1956 recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley for the first and only time. That legendary night is brought to life in this thrilling musical which features a score of hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Hound Dog" and more. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Examiner- Recommended
EpochTimes- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Free Press- Highly Recommended
Copley News Service- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- 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
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 
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City Of Angels  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire City Of Angels
 
CITY OF ANGELS is the deliciously funny celebration of the decade's film noir genre and dark detective fiction, with a liberal touch of femme fatale, weaving together two plots unfolding at once. The double feature follows the "real" world of young New York writer, Stine, and his fictional alter-ego in the "reel" world, "Stone". Stine arrives in Los Angeles with the hopes of turning his crime novel into a Hollywood blockbuster, and while his movie plays out in black and white, Stine's new life is all-too colorful as he struggles to balance his relationship with his wife, Gabby and his overbearing producer Buddy Fidler. Each movie scene that Stine writes comes to life in the split-stage show, bringing double the laughter and intrigue to the audience.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- 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
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended

 

 
Doubt: A Parable  
Writers Theatre Doubt: A Parable
 
Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended

 

 
Porcelain  
Prologue Theatre Company at The Greenhouse Theater Center Porcelain
 
An examination of one young man's crime of passion, Porcelain centers on John Lee -- a gay, 19-year-old Asian man who has confessed to shooting his lover in a public lavatory in London. Dissecting the crime though a prism of conflicting points of view, this Greenhouse Theater Center production combines newscasts, flashbacks and John's recollections to a prison psychiatrist to create a truly compelling play. One of the earliest works from celebrated playwright Chay Yew, Porcelain was initially produced in 1992 and won the London Fringe Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended

 
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Panic on Cloud 9  
Second City Panic on Cloud 9
 
Join the incredibly talented and funny cast of The Second City Mainstage for Panic on Cloud 9, a hilarious and smart collection of original scenes and songs that invite you to relax, take a breath and laugh as they brave everything from Ebola to modern parenting to the lies of advertising and the advertising of our own lies.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 

 
The Diary of Anne Frank  
Writers Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank
 
As vital today as when it was first written, Anne Frank's extraordinary diary has become an essential part of how we remember one of the darkest periods of human history. Filled with its young author's luminous spirit - her "boundless desire for all that is beautiful and good" - the diary also illuminates the coming of age of a complex, passionate young girl as she falls in love, grows into a woman and struggles to survive with her family amid the chaos of war and religious persecution.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 

 
On Your Feet  
Ford Oriental Theatre On Your Feet
 
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Somewhat Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended

 
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Stick Fly  
Windy City Playhouse Stick Fly
 
Originally developed as part of The August Wilson New Play Initiative at Congo Square where it premiered in 2006, Stick Fly is the story of an affluent black family over a three-day summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard. Young writer Taylor (Celeste Cooper), the daughter of a late African-American academic, accompanies her entomologist fiance Kent (Tyrone Phillips) to meet his family at their vacation home on the Vineyard. On hand for the weekend is powerful patriarch neurosurgeon Joe (Phillip Edward Van Lear), Kent's plastic surgeon brother Flip (Michael Pogue), Flip's new white girlfriend Kimber (Kristen Magee) and black housekeeper Cheryl (Paige Collins).

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended

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