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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.

Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- 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
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
Paramount Theatre Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
It's just another day in 19th Century England, and Benjamin Barker has returned home. The only thing is, it's been 15 years since the once fresh-faced barber has seen his family. He was unjustly sentenced to prison on trumped up charges by the corrupt Judge Turpin, who had his leering eyes on the barber's beautiful wife. Upon his arrival to the pie shop - where he and his family once lived above - his old friend and confidant Mrs. Lovett unravels the events of the past decade. She explains about the seduction of his wife by the Judge, which led her to take her own life. And to sharpen that pain of his loss, she breaks the news that the Judge adopted his daughter and is raising her as his own. Barker vows revenge for these atrocities and turns to the tools and skills with which he'll exact his plan: a razor and a barber chair. While the ensuing events are unfortunate for some, others - including Mrs. Lovett, her struggling pie shop and her customers - quickly prosper from the body count.

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway  
Ford Oriental Theatre The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
 
THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment. Conceived by Simon Painter, the show's creative team also includes executive producer Tim Lawson, director Neil Dorward and creative director Jim Millan. Full of hilarious magic tricks, death-defying stunts and acts of breathtaking wonder, THE ILLUSIONISTS has shattered box office records worldwide and thrilled audiences of all ages with a mind-blowing spectacular showcasing the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most incredible illusionists on earth.

Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Death of a Salesman  
Redtwist Theatre Death of a Salesman
 
The great American drama about dashed hopes and delusional optimism, Miller's timeless themes play out in the fractured Loman household where Willy is the worn out king of his castle. He's also prince of the road as a fading traveling salesman, barely clinging to reality while searching in vain for the life of his dreams, yet failing to embrace the life that he lives.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Blizzard '67  
16th Street Theater at Berwyn Cultural Center Blizzard '67
 
Four businessmen in 1967 Chicago carpool to work navigating the twists and turns of corporate politics. These tensions play out when they foolishly attempt to drive home in the record-breaking blizzard. When one man is abandoned, the others face their choice and how it will affect their lives thereafter.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
By the Bog of Cats  
The Artistic Home By the Bog of Cats
 
Set on a ghostly landscape in Ireland, By the Bog of Cats is the story of a woman who's had a lifetime of abandonment and decides to lay claim to everything that's hers on a day when her world's being torn in half. Not only did her mother run off when she was a girl, but today the great love of her life, with whom she has a seven-year-old daughter, is marrying into a family that wants her kicked off the land. She has no one to turn to except local misfits, who are part of a community filled with outrageous, funny, terrible people. It’s one day in the life of a woman pushed beyond the limits of human endurance as she is forced to make a final horrible, self sacrificing decision. Mossman says of the play, “Think Greek tragedy on an Irish Bog. Just as tragic but twice as funny and pure poetry, in the great Irish tradition.”

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Irish American News- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Our Urban Times- 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
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

 
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At The Table  
Broken Nose Theatre at Berger Park Coach House At The Table
 
Six friends head out of Chicago for their annual weekend retreat. With no social media, no cellphones and no internet allowed, they're left with one thing to do... look up from their screens and talk to each other. And when the liquor starts flowing and the tongues start to loosen, no conversation is off-limits. AT THE TABLE is a new comedy that begs the question: What happens when those with privilege are pushed to the periphery? In a seemingly post-truth era, who is allowed to speak up about particular topics and who is being silenced altogether? Playwright Michael Perlman and director Spenser Davis team up again, after the 2014 Midwest Premiere of the GLAAD Award-winning play "From White Plains."

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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High Fidelity  
Refuge Theatre Project at Refuge Records High Fidelity
 
The musical, with a score by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then), book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People) and lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody) is the story of Rob, the owner of the vintage record shop Championship Vinyl. Rob tries to make sense of his recent split with girlfriend Laura by reviewing the "top five breakups" of his life. High Fidelity takes place mostly in Rob's record store and the Refuge Theatre Project's staging will be performed in a store created especially for this production.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert  
Pride Arts Center - The Broadway Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
 
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert the Musical is the heartwarming, uplifting adventure of three friends, Tick, Bernadette and Adam, a glamorous Sydney-based performing trio who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of John Nasca costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," Hot Stuff," "Go West," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," and "I Love the Nightlife," this wildly funny and touching musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS! This Tony Award-winning musical based on the smash-hit movie of the same name enjoyed a 16-month run on Broadway.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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Squeeze My Cans  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Squeeze My Cans
 
Have you ever wondered if Bozo was a suppressive person? Have you ever considered what it might be like to audition to be Tom Cruise's girlfriend? What do you do if the carrot of spiritual freedom was dangled in front of you, waiting to be seized? Writer performer Cathy Schenkelberg decided to chase it and what she found was Scientology, America's foremost intergalactic theology. After years of studying and searching she soon found herself blowing alien life forms off her body, farther from than ever from who she had hoped to be. Now she is sharing the story in this no holds barred cautionary tale of how she survived the pseudoscience.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

 

 
The Book Of Joseph  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Book Of Joseph
 
Every family has its secrets. Richard Hollander's remained in an unopened suitcase for fifteen years after the death of his parents. Inside, he found a collection of Swastika-stamped letters written during World War II by a family he never knew-his late father Joseph's mother, three sisters, their husbands and children. Unable to convince the family to leave Poland, Joseph escaped to the United States where he fought to save his family from annihilation at the hands of the Nazis, and to avoid deportation and death himself. Richard collected his family's letters in his book, Every Day Lasts A Year, the inspiration for this frequently chilling, often humorous, and always deeply moving drama, staged by Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. We come to know three generations-their hopes, fears and fates revealed-in a compelling journey of the human family and the primal need to understand those who came before.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre 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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Quest  
Actors Gymnasium at Noyes Cultural Art Center Quest
 
Quest, loosely based on the Leo Tolstoy story “The Three Questions,” has the protagonist ask three simple, but huge, questions, setting in motion a whirlwind journey to find the answers. The hero with her sidekicks venture through obstacles, misinformation, slapstick fun, unexpected detours, music and songs, near crises and amazing feats of partnership in seek of answers.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended

 

 
The History Boys  
Eclectic Theatre at Athenaeum Theatre The History Boys
 
An unruly bunch of bright, funny boys in a British Grammar school are in pursuit of sex, sport, and a place at a good university-generally in that order. In all their efforts, they are helped and hindered, enlightened and bemused, by a maverick English teacher who seeks to broaden their horizons in sometimes undefined ways, and by a young history teacher who questions the methods, as well as the aim, of their schooling. In this 2006 Tony Award Winner, The History Boys raises not only universal questions about the nature of history and how it is taught but also questions about the purpose of education today.

Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

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