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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.

The Mutilated  
A Red Orchid Theatre The Mutilated
 
It's Christmas Eve in New Orleans and Trinket Dugan is holed up at the Silver Dollar Hotel with a painful secret. Her only friend and confidant, Celeste, has just been released from jail and will stop at nothing to get back into her good graces, her pocket-book and her booze. Can their friendship survive the cruelty, the con men, hookers, cops, sailors and drunks? The Mutilated is one of Williams' funniest and most moving plays, and according to Williams himself is "an allegory on the tragicomic subject of human existence on this risky planet."

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- 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 Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town 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: the aptly-named "Refuge Records" at 666 W. Hubbard St., Chicago.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Chicagoist- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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Hairspray - The Broadway Musical  
Paramount Theatre Hairspray - The Broadway Musical
 
Based on the John Waters hit movie, Hairspray is a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rockin’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes – plus some really cool hairdos. More importantly, under all the glitz, Hairspray reminds us of the importance of individuality and the acceptance of one another: a wonderful message to share with everyone.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
Ford Oriental Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Gapers Block- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 
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Byhalia, Mississippi  
The New Colony at The Den Theatre Byhalia, Mississippi
 
Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They are broke. They are loud. They are "proud white trash." When Laurel finally gives birth to their overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives: their baby boy is black, the result of Laurel's affair the previous year. The lives of their families and friends are thrown into turmoil in Byhalia, Mississippi, a town with a racially-charged past that still affects its present.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Marjorie Prime  
Writers Theatre Marjorie Prime
 
It's the age of artificial intelligence, but 86-year old Marjorie is worried that her memory may be fading. That is, until the appearance of Walter, a mysterious and charming young visitor programmed to help Marjorie uncover the intricacies of her own past. As Walter's true nature is revealed, new levels of complexity emerge, leading to profound questions about the limits of technology and whether memory might be a purely human invention.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 

 
London Wall  
Griffin Theatre Company at The Den Theatre London Wall
 
This "lost" and rarely produced work by the author of I Am a Camera and Bell, Book and Candle explores the lives and love affairs of the women employed as shorthand typists in a busy solicitor's office in 1930's London. The play had its premiere in May of 1931 at the Duke of York's Theatre in London and was acclaimed for its hyper-realistic depiction of office life, as well as its soulful probing of the dreams and desires of its female characters.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
American Buffalo  
Angel Island Theater American Buffalo
 
This banter-fueled heist drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Mamet tells the story of an urban junk-shop owner who, after discovering that he sold a rare buffalo nickel to a customer for far less than its true value, conspires with a young employee and a shady friend to steal it back. The pursuit of their twisted vision of the American dream is thwarted by their greed, and it becomes every man for himself when the con goes awry. This hilarious and smart comedy is a heartbreaking -- albeit hilarious -- portrait of criminal desperation. Featuring Mamet's emblematic writing style, American Buffalo pulls no punches with its terse and often vulgar dialogue, which Mamet himself referred to as a "profane poetry." Carlo Lorenzo Garcia directs this production at Chicago's Angel Island Theater for Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Bye Bye Birdie  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook Bye Bye Birdie
 
The funny, irreverent musical takes audiences back to 1959 in quiet Sweet Apple, OH, where rock star Conrad Birdie shakes things up when he arrives to give one lucky teenage girl a special goodbye kiss.

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

 
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R+J: The Vineyard  
Oracle and Red Theater Chicago at The Den Theatre R+J: The Vineyard
 
R+J: THE VINEYARD is set in 1890's Martha's Vineyard where a unique deaf/hearing bilingual agricultural community gave way to a budding tourism industry. Intense cultural lines are drawn between hearing and non-hearing as land, lifestyle, and livelihoods ignite the Capulet and Montague families. This beautiful and physical production is both spoken and performed in American Sign Language and intended for all audiences.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Drawer Boy  
Redtwist Theatre The Drawer Boy
 
A young actor from a Toronto theatre troupe, wishing to write a play about running a farm, visits the rural Canadian home of two middle-age men-lifelong friends tending to their duties. As the actor develops his play, the two men share their stories, which turn out to be fiction, yet lead to unexpected twists and turns...and ultimately the raw truth of tragic missed opportunities. Featuring Jeff Award-winners and company members Brian Parry and Aaron Kirby.

Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes  
Mercury Theater The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes
 
Inspired by actual events, with a little fantasy thrown in, The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writing "The Final Problem," in which his famous detective is killed off. When it is revealed that the beloved character of Sherlock Holmes has been done in, everyone from Churchill to Doyle's own family is up-in-arms. Besieged by telephone calls and angry mobs outside his home, Doyle flees London to escape the harassment. Surprisingly, he finds a much more challenging problem awaiting him when out of the evening mist steps Sherlock Holmes. And so begins a battle of wits between the author -- who wants his character dead -- and character -- who demands to be revived to preserve his legacy. Next thing you know, the writer and his creation are off together solving the real-life crime of "The Wyrley Ripper".

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended

 
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Nabucco  
Lyric Opera Nabucco
 
Lyric Opera of Chicago takes you on a journey of biblical proportions with its stunning production of Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco. The story of King Nebuchadnezzar tells of his struggles with an unscrupulous daughter, imprisonment of the Hebrews, divine punishment and final salvation. With two meaty lead roles -- brought to life by Zeljko Lucic (Lyric's riveting Rigoletto in 2013) and dramatic-soprano phenom Tatiana Serjan -- and some of the greatest choral music ever written, this is the opera that made Verdi a star. The score blends rhythmic vitality and powerful drama, featuring epic numbers like "Immenso Jehova" (the Hebrew slaves' triumphant hymn of thanksgiving) and the song of exile "Va, pensiero," considered by many to be Italy's unofficial national anthem. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, Nabucco runs at Civic Opera House.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended

 
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Vices and Virtues  
Profiles Theatre - The Alley Stage Vices and Virtues
 
An Evening of Vices. An Evening of Virtues. Running in rotating repertory, Profiles presents two full evenings of short works by Neil LaBute, each filled with many surprises, both virtuous and otherwise. Each evening features stories of lust and hate, humor and sadness, virtue and depravity. Through them all, "love" will be the dominant theme--what it is, what it's not and how far it can be stretched.

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

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