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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.

Lookingglass Alice  
Lookingglass Theatre Lookingglass Alice
 
Imagination soars and laughter and awe abound when this signature production returns with all its gravity-defying spectacle and breathtaking theatricality. Lookingglass Alice is a marvel for all ages, transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to a circus-infused playground for an exhilarating wonderland adventure inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved stories.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- 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
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 
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The Who's Tommy  
Paramount Theatre The Who's Tommy
 
Arguably the best rock opera ever, Tommy, based on the British rock band The Who's legendary 1969 double concept album, is the story of a little boy who witnesses his father murder his mother's lover upon his surprise return home after being released from a prisoner of war camp. The trauma sends Tommy into a nearly catatonic state, becoming deaf, dumb and blind. Eventually, his only form of communication becomes pinball, and his wizardry with the flippers propels him into the national spotlight.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Humans  
American Theater Company The Humans
 
New York City. Today. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. As dinner begins, unexplainable and family tensions reach a boiling point. Karam (Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. The cast includes Lance Baker, Hanna Dworkin, Keith Kupferer, Jean Moran, Kelly O'Sullivan, and Sadieh Rifai; O' Sullivan and Rifai are members of the ATC ensemble.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 
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The Rose Tattoo  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit The Rose Tattoo
 
THE ROSE TATTOO is unique in Williams' work - a special blend of comedy, emotional depth and lyricism. Set in an Italian-American community on Louisiana's Gulf Coast, a passionate overprotective Sicilian widow, Serafina Delle Rose, controls the life of her daughter, Rosa. The volatile Serafina also hides herself in the hazy memory of the husband she idealized who was killed smuggling illegal goods on the highway. The earthy eroticism of the play is unleashed as an unknown truck driver pulls into town and disturbs this simple seamstress' life. These two equally matched and impulsive characters develop an almost operatic relationship and, serenaded by exuberant townspeople, Serafina is finally delivered from her past memories and grief.

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- 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

 
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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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Accidentally Like a Martyr  
A Red Orchid Theatre Accidentally Like a Martyr
 
In a dive-y gay bar on Manhattan's lower east side the regulars and the restless others do battle, joke and drink their way through a lonely winter evening. Different generations and backgrounds collide, secrets are revealed and old wounds are torn anew as these survivors come to grips with life, loss and aging in the 21st century. Family and friendship are the focus of this humor filled drama in the tradition of The Time of Your Life and Small Craft Warnings.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 

 
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

 

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

 

 
Always... Patsy Cline  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Always... Patsy Cline
 
Always... Patsy Cline is a biography of Cline as told through the eyes of housewife Louise Seger, a fan with whom Cline became close friends after a chance meeting before a 1961 concert in Seger's home of Houston, Texas. The musical includes Cline hits like "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," and "Sweet Dreams."

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

 

 
Young Playwrights Festival  
Pegasus Theatre at Chicago Dramatists Young Playwrights Festival
 
Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide playwriting competition that gives voice to teenagers while promoting the art of writing for the stage. This school-oriented program helps students craft one-act plays for an April submission deadline. In 2014, Pegasus received over 400 submissions. Four winning playwrights receive $500 and work with theater professionals to workshop, stage and produce their scripts as part of Pegasus' main stage season. Young Playwrights Festival, the second oldest of its kind in the country, enhances language arts, encourages independent, high-level thinking and strong personal values, and influences career development for area teens.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended

 
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H.M.S. Pinafore  
The Hypocrites at The Den Theatre H.M.S. Pinafore
 
Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British Navy. The Hypocrites' playful reimagining of this crowd-pleaser is presented promenade-style, putting you the audience inside the story as you move around the space with the actors. Pinafore spins the seaworthy tale of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty -- although she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore."

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Somewhat Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 
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Airline Highway  
Steppenwolf Theatre Airline Highway
 
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans' infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. A world premiere from the author of Detroit, Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting.

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

 
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Top Girls  
The Arc Theatre at The Den Theatre Top Girls
 
TOP GIRLS follows the life and dreams of Marlene, a career-driven businesswoman who has risen to the top of her employment agency. Through interviews with prospective candidates, an absurdist dinner party with controversial women from history and conversations with her estranged family members and slick co-workers, Marlene explores the pain inherent in the inevitable choice between career success and strong family ties. In a world of the "Supermom" and a shattering glass ceiling, TOP GIRLS reveals the conflict that comes with the ultimately flawed desire to "have it all."

Chicago Reader- Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 

 
Mr. Burns  
Theater Wit Mr. Burns
 
A paean to the power of live theater and the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages, Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another, and a dazzling, panoramic vista on the power of storytelling.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended

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