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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.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway  
American Blues Theater at The Greenhouse Theater Center Hank Williams: Lost Highway
 
Follow legendary country singer-songwriter Hank Williams on his lonesome journey from backwoods Alabama to superstardom at the Grand Ole Opry in this song-filled tribute from American Blues Theater. This unforgettable show, which was an off-Broadway hit nominated for three Outer Critics Circle Awards, features over 20 Hank Williams hits including "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Move It on Over," "Jambalaya" and "Hey, Good Lookin'." Charting the rise and fall of the country music icon through song, Hank Williams: Lost Highway highlights Williams' undeniable musical talent and songwriting abilities, and explores the alcohol and drug problems that ultimately got the better of him. This production features a talented cast of performers who have performed on Broadway and beyond, and is staged by the same artistic team behind the 2007 hit production of Oklahoma!

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 
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Avenue Q  
Mercury Theater Avenue Q
 
A racy cross between South Park and Sesame Street, AVENUE Q is a modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20- somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. AVENUE Q features Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez (co-creator of THE BOOK OF MORMON and recent Academy Award winner for FROZEN) and a Book by Jeff Whitty. Variety exclaimed, "Of all the musicals hatched in the post-2000 age of irony, AVENUE Q has remained the freshest and funniest!" Director L. Walter Stearns explains that the real magic of the show is when the audience "forgets that the puppets are nothing more than fur and felt and start to believe they have a mind, heart and soul." Although AVENUE Q addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children's show: a place where puppets are friends, monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

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

 
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Fiddler On The Roof  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium Fiddler On The Roof
 
Tevye, a hardworking dairyman, is driven to hilarious distraction by his freethinking daughters and his equally headstrong wife. With the themes of family and faith, the musical weaves together a touching portrait of love, laughter, devotion and deviance.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
ShowBizChicago- 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

 
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All Our Tragic  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre 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
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 
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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
NewCity Chicago- 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

 
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Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind  
Neo-Futurists Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
 
Their signature show, Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind, which had its first performance on December 2, 1988, is now in its twenty-fifth year, making it the longest-running show in Chicago today. Too Much Light..., with its ever-changing "menu," is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The single unifying element of these plays is that they are performed from a perspective of absolute honesty.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Centerstage- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended

 

 
Cirque Shanghai: Warriors  
Navy Pier Skyline Stage Cirque Shanghai: Warriors
 
This summer's production of "Cirque Shanghai: Warriors" brings an extraordinary line-up of thrilling acts to the stage, including The Kinetic Poles, the powerful Water Meteor and the heart-pounding Pageant of Arms. Returning to the production from last year is the fate-tempting "Wheel of Destiny," and China's premier daredevil steel-globe motorcycle troupe, "Imperial Thunder".

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 
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Some Men  
Pride Films and Plays at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble Some Men
 
Some Men is Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally at his best. Alternately hilarious, painful, and sexy, Some Men presents a kaleidoscope of gay characters set within some of the events that bent the arc of gay history in America. Our cast will play over three dozen characters whose stories parallel, and whose histories are linked. Scenes are set in 1969 during Stonewall, in St. Vincent's at the height of AIDS, and on a beach in the Hamptons in the 1920s and again 70 years later. There is also a scene set in an AOL chat room, another in a bathhouse, and many other locations which provide the texture to our lives. The play begins and ends with a contemporary gay wedding, relating interconnecting stories of generations of gay men in New York City.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Churchill  
SoloChicago at The Greenhouse Theater Center Churchill
 
Based on Winston Churchill's own writings, Ronald Keaton's one-man show finds the former British prime minister chafing under forced retirement after a shocking loss in the post-World War II election. But when President Harry Truman invites him to speak in the U.S., the famed politician, painter, Nobel Prize-winning author and witty raconteur begins to reflect on his life and times with humor, pride and regret. The inspiring leader who led England through one of its most difficult periods not only shares his political and military history, but also his fondness for whiskey, cigars and women. Keaton's been called one of the city's "top-tier theater veterans" by the Chicago Tribune.

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

 
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Exit Strategy  
Jackalope Theatre Company at Broadway Armory Exit Strategy
 
From the acclaimed writer of Hit the Wall and Loom, comes the story of a Chicago public high school slated for closure at the end of the year. The impending shut-down causes tensions in the school's already volcanic neighborhood to rise to the breaking point, but a small group of teachers launch a last minute battle to save the school. Over the course of the year, they put their careers, their future and their safety in the hands of a fast talking administrator who comes on strong: but might actually have no clue what he's doing.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Centerstage- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 
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Apes Of Wrath  
Second City Apes Of Wrath
 
In the world of high stakes, we become a more heightened version of ourselves, which can sometimes resemble more simian behavior than human. From unitard sporting performance artists, an intimate encounter with robot culture and the primal effects of downsizing, "Apes of Wrath" embraces the dark and light sides of our human devolution.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 

 
A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters
 
During the war, Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews charmed soldiers through their USO tours, winning a following that continued after the war as the sisters entertained the returned veterans through concerts, recordings, TV and movies. The group popularized many songs still beloved today, like "In the Mood," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." They also recorded songs by some of the greatest American songwriters, including Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer and George and Ira Gershwin.

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

 

 
The Marvelous Marvelettes  
Black Ensemble Theater The Marvelous Marvelettes
 
They were the first ladies of Motown way before the Supremes-one of the greatest girl groups that Motown ever had, and they were called The Marvelettes. The Marvelettes were one of the first major successful acts of Motown Records and, with the release of the 1961 #1 Single "Please Mr. Postman," they gave Motown its first #1 single.

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

 

 
The Jungle  
Oracle Theatre The Jungle
 
Originally published in 1906, Upton Sinclair's novel tells the story of immigrants trying to find their way to the American Dream in the Chicago stockyards at the turn of the 20th century. Sinclair tried to expose the economic disparity and corruption of the time, but audiences fixated on the horrid conditions in which food journeyed to their tables, leaving Sinclair to lament that he, "aimed at the public's heart and by accident hit its stomach." Foss's world premiere adaptation confronts the squalid working conditions by focusing on the story of a small immigrant family from Lithuania, navigating what seems to be a rigged game. As they fight for the American Dream, the family will engage modern audiences in conflicts of immigration, class struggle, and the equal chance to fulfill their destinies.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 

 

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