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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.

Both Your Houses  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center Both Your Houses
 
Stunningly timely, Both Your Houses captures the charm and fervor of the classic film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and hit television series The West Wing, while simultaneously challenging the plausibility of change a la The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight. In a non-partisan approach, Anderson addresses many of the issues that Congress faces today including the functionality of Congressional committees, the limits of Presidential power, and even women's reproductive rights.

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

 
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All My Sons  
Raven Theatre All My Sons
 
Miller's play masterfully combines a postwar setting with themes that date back to Greek tragedies into a drama that remains timeless. Joe Keller is a 60-year-old businessman who, knowingly or unknowingly, sold faulty parts for fighter jets to the U.S. Air Force, resulting in 21 crashes and the deaths of dozens of airmen during the war. The son of Joe's former business partner, who was convicted of negligence for those actions while Joe was exonerated, accuses Joe of falsely shifting blame to his partner. The accusation creates a rift between Joe and his son Chris, who is engaged to the partner's daughter.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- 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

 
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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 Theater Beat- Highly 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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The Night Alive  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Night Alive
 
The kindness of strangers comes with complications. Tommy is getting by-kind of: he is crashing in his uncle's ramshackle house in Dublin, dodging his estranged family, and plotting a parade of get-rich-quick scenes with his buddy Doc. Then one day he defends a destitute woman against a violent attack, and a fragile glimmer of hope appears as Tommy tends to her in his run-down room. From the author of The Weir, Shining City and The Seafarer comes this compelling new drama-by turns funny and frightening, but always deeply human.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- 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

 

 
Take Me Out  
Eclectic Theatre Company at Athenaeum Theatre Take Me Out
 
"Take Me Out," the Tony-Award winning script by Richard Greenberg, explores the aftermath of a Major League Baseball player, Darren Lemming, coming out as gay to his teammates and friends. The Empires, the fictional team in question, is made up of a racially diverse group of players who greatly respect each other, but keep to their own ethnic groups. A relief pitcher, Shane Mungitt, is brought up from the team's Triple-A affiliate in North Carolina. Mungitt proves to be very naive and unaware of the impact his personal prejudices and stereotyping have on his teammates. In a rivalry game, Mungitt throws one pitch to Lemming's best friend, a player on the rival team, changing the course of the game. Lemming is distraught by the outcome, and even as the team goes on to win the World Series, talks about retiring from baseball.

Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Titanic  
Griffin Theatre Company at Theater Wit Titanic
 
Chicago will be the first major U.S. city to experience this newly reworked, intimate musical telling of the passengers - first, second and third class - aboard the ill-fated luxury liner Titanic in the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg in the North Atlantic in 1912.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- 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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The Wild Party  
Bailiwick Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph The Wild Party
 
Manhattan decadence in the 1920s provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable. Queenie, a vaudeville chorus girl. hosts a titular blowout with her vicious lover Burrs, a blackface minstrel. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone: Queenie's conniving rival, a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy, a washed-up boxer, a black “brother act,” a diva of indeterminate age and infinite life experience, the fresh-off-the-farm ingénue whose naïveté quickly evaporates, a lesbian actress and her comatose girlfriend, and the bargain-basement heartthrob who catches Queenie's roving eye. The jazz- and gin-soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 

 
The Gravedigger  
First Folio Theatre The Gravedigger
 
Playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, who has a penchant for haunting tales and drama, worked on the script for THE GRAVEDIGGER for five years. He first read Frankenstein in high school and found it so engaging that he wanted to continue the story. His plays have been described by American Theater Magazine as "....infused with an idiosyncratic sense of humor, but he never shies away from darker emotions."

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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Romulus  
Oracle Theatre Romulus
 
ROMULUS is Dürrenmatt's tragicomic rehashing of the fall of the Roman Empire under the supervision of its final emperor. Or, according to the Swiss absurdist playwright, it's an "historical play with no historical basis." The barbarian hoards are at the gates, the city is in shambles, and Romulus is counting the eggs laid by his prize chickens. Everyone around him is confounded by his willingness to surrender - it is suicide! As his home crumbles and his wealth is drained, our antihero asks for more wine. However, it's all part of his plan: let the morally bankrupt empire collapse and restore balance to the world. Gore Vidal's 1962 adaptation serves as a cautionary tale about the current crisis of American government: if the empire collapses, will the new empire be any better? Oracle is transformed into the pool patio of a derelict mansion where audiences join Romulus's garden party of abdication.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Birds  
Hell in a Handbag Productions at Berger Park Coach House The Birds
 
Hell in a Handbag's The Birds receives the full parody/homage treatment audiences have come to expect. In addition, the audience is playfully immersed in the show as " invited guests of Mr. Hitchcock" to watch filming on location near Bodega Bay (our own Lake Michigan). As filming progresses, the audience experiences Tippi's difficulty in distinguishing the film's reality from her own.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Centerstage- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- 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

 

 
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Stage 773 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
One of Sondheim's most beloved pieces, based on the Victorian era serial, this Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical is a spine-chilling masterpiece of obsession, retribution and culinary curiosity telling the tale of London barber Benjamin Barker (Porchlight Artistic Associate David Girolmo). Torn from his family and exiled for 15 years on a miscarriage of justice, Barker returns home to a city as corrupt as when he left. Hell-bent on revenge after learning the agonizing fate of his wife and daughter, he assumes the guise of Sweeney Todd and takes up his razors to dish out a brutal recipe of justice with the help of infatuated and enterprising meat pie-maker Nellie Lovett (Porchlight Artistic Associate Rebecca Finnegan). Sweeney Todd is the latest collaboration between multi-Jeff Award-winners Michael Weber and Doug Peck who, together, brought Pal Joey and Assassins to the Porchlight stage, both productions being nominated for the Best Production - Musical Equity Jeff Award.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Huffington Post- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

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