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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.

Death and Harry Houdini  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre Death and Harry Houdini
 
The House Theatre of Chicago is proud to announce the return of the first play to ever grace its stage, the magic-filled thrill show and crowd favorite Death & Harry Houdini, written and directed by The House Theatre of Chicago Artistic Director Nathan Allen and starring Company Member and professional magician Dennis Watkins as Harry Houdini. Filled with stunning magic, poignant dialogue and original music, Death & Harry Houdini presents the story of history's most famous magician and his life-long war against Death.

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

 
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Man of La Mancha  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Man of La Mancha
 
One of the world's most popular musicals, MAN OF LA MANCHA tells of the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth on a quest to restore chivalry to the world, claim his lady love and dare to dream "The Impossible Dream".

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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Northanger Abbey  
Lifeline Theatre Northanger Abbey
 
Catherine Morland is an innocent teenaged girl living on her family's farm in rural England in the late 18th century. She escapes from the boredom of her day-to-day life by reading Gothic novels by her favorite authors -- until a wealthy acquaintance offers her a chance to go to Bath and partake in the parties, balls and high society functions of the city. Before long, Catherine finds herself caught in a complex web of social scheming, surrounded by false friends, greedy lovers and a wealth of misunderstandings. Northanger Abbey, based on Jane Austen's first novel, makes its world premiere at the Lifeline Theatre in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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The Grapes of Wrath  
The Gift Theatre The Grapes of Wrath
 
The Gift Theatre presents John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale, The Grapes of Wrath, centering on an American family forced off of their land during the Great Depression and their epic journey west to California. New ensemble member Erica Weiss (Vigils) returns to direct the extraordinary and emotionally wrenching The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galati.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Dueling Critics- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly 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 Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

 
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The Book Of Mormon  
The PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America Theatre) The Book Of Mormon
 
THE BOOK OF MORMON is the Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of "South Park," and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes THE BOOK OF MORMON, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Don't miss THE BOOK OF MORMON Chicago.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody  
Writers Theatre Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody
 
This hilarious result of a collaboration between Writers Theatre and Chicago's world-renowned comedy theatre, The Second City, asks the intriguing question: What happens when the most recognizable characters from some of the greatest American plays of the 20th century suddenly find themselves sharing the same stage? When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. That would be challenge enough, but they are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American Theatre ever be the same?

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- 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
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys  
Raven Theatre Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
 
The dark chapter of American history - in which nine African-American teenagers were falsely convicted of assaulting two white women and spent decades in the legal system fighting for their lives - is told surreally and satirically in Stein's play. In it, the "boys" return from eternity to the stage, where they keep their story alive through songs, a magic act, a ventriloquist act, skits and soft shoe - all to convey the tawdry show that their case became.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Edge- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 
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An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe An Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse Songbook
 
Celebrating the work of the British songwriting duo that created hits like "What Kind of Fool I Am," "Who Can I Turn To" and "Feeling Good" for the innovative musicals Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd. In addition to writing book, music and lyrics for those two West End and Broadway hits, Newley and Bricusse contributed songs including "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination" for the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Newley, who died in 1999, also enjoyed a career as a performer, taking leads in the musicals he co-wrote with Bricusse as well as headlining many concert, nightclub and television appearances. Bricusse wrote music and lyrics for the musical films Doctor Dolittle (winning an Academy Award for "Talk to the Animals"), Scrooge and Goodbye, Mr. Chips as well as lyrics for the stage musicals Victor/Victoria and Jekyll and Hyde.

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 

 
Bat Boy: The Musical  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre Bat Boy: The Musical
 
Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. The local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, Dr. Parker, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a "normal" boy by the veterinarian's wife and teenage daughter.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Somewhat Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Dueling Critics- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
PlaysListHQ- Highly Recommended

 
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Little Shop Of Horrors  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Little Shop Of Horrors
 
For years, Little Shop of Horrors has made audiences scream with laughter. In this gleefully gruesome musical, Seymour, a poor florist's assistant, allows his craving for fame and fortune to seduce him into playing nursemaid to a man-eating plant. This celebrated musical, with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, features the rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown-inspired songs "Skid Row (Downtown)," "Somewhere That's Green," and "Suddenly, Seymour."

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Somewhat Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Recommended

 
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A Red Line Runs Through It  
Second City A Red Line Runs Through It
 
A Red Line Runs Through It rides the rails of Chicago in order to answer life's tough questions. How does the past sculpt the future? Are we all guided by anger? In this ever-changing landscape of nostalgia and uncertainty sometimes we need a brunch with friends to sort it all out. Who will snap first? No one knows what tomorrow will bring and the only thing that is certain is that this train keeps moving. This diverse cast of comedians will take you on their own ride exploring the new mother blues, black girl magic, and salacious local news. This non-stop locomotive launches from north to south along a transit line of pure comic bliss.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Recommended

 

 
Bite  
Pride Films and Plays at Mary's Attic Bite
 
An immersive pop-rock ode to Shakespeare, Bite retells one of the Bard's most beloved stories, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Dubbed a "pucking queer cabaret," this fanciful evening explores the ideas of love and gender through a queer lens. Part of the Pride Films and Plays series, Bite puts a new spin on what happens on that fateful, magical night when four would-be lovers steal away into the enchanted woods. Expect plenty of music, dance and fairies of all kinds when this world premiere hits Mary's Attic at Hamburger Mary's in Chicago.

Chicago Reader- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended

 
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Deathtrap  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Deathtrap
 
A hugely popular stage and screen mystery, "Deathtrap" offers skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Unknown dramatist Clifford Anderson has sent his new thriller to award-winning Broadway author Sidney for comment--or has he? Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra how to plagiarize 'Deathtrap.' When Clifford turns up to discuss the play with the 'Master,' events take a sinister turn.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 
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The Importance of Being Earnest  
Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Athenaeum Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
Two young gentlemen living in 1890's England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. John Worthing, seemingly straight and proper, has invented a brother Ernest, whose identity he adopts when in the city so he let his wild side out. As Ernest he woos his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff's cousin, the ravishing Gwendolen Fairfax. Algernon decides to visit John's young and beautiful ward, Cecily at the country manor. They both face a dilemma; both ladies have a determination to only marry a man whose name is Ernest. Things start to go awry when they all converge in the country and their deceptions are discovered, threatening to spoil their romantic pursuits, until they learn the importance of being earnest.

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

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