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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.

Hamilton  
The PrivateBank Theatre Hamilton
 
A new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Talkin Broadway- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
La Gringa  
UrbanTheater Company La Gringa
 
In this Obie Award-winning comedy about a young woman's search for her identity, Marķa Elena Garcia visits her extended family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays, excited to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has grown up with an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Upon her arrival, however, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American--a gringa-and Marķa considers this a betrayal: If she's a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico, Marķa concludes, then this makes her a nobody everywhere. Her journey to come to terms with who she is leads Marķa into misperceptions and misadventures. But will an unlikely ally help her find her way to the other side?

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- 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 Magic Flute  
Lyric Opera The Magic Flute
 
Who can fail to be delighted and moved by the triumph of love and goodness in The Magic Flute? Join us for this operatic fairytale as Prince Tamino strives for the hand of Pamina, accompanied by his lovable sidekick Papageno. You'll meet the evil Queen of the Night - with her stratospheric high notes and show-stopping arias - and the virtuous high priest Sarastro in a story that encompasses both the real and the fantastical. Revel in this combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart's music. A wonderful introduction to opera for all ages

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth  
Lookingglass Theatre Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth
 
Traveling storytellers Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth captivate audiences with spell-binding tales. But one day, The Big Bad Wolf mysteriously dies before his story is complete. Fairytales disappear from the pages, characters are utterly forgotten, and Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth must journey through the stories to restore order before they are lost forever.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- 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
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Hunter And The Bear  
Writers Theatre The Hunter And The Bear
 
The critically-acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co., creators of WT's 2013 smash-hit production of The Old Man and The Old Moon, brings their considerable talents to this original tale. The Hunter and The Bear tells the haunting story of an imaginative young boy and his father, the pragmatic hunter tasked with protecting their isolated town. When his son disappears in the woods, the search to recover him will lead the hunter, and eventually the entire community, through a landscape teeming with dark secrets and supernatural threats.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Time Out Chicago- 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
Picture This Post- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
East Texas Hot Links  
Writers Theatre East Texas Hot Links
 
In the woods of East Texas, the Top 'o the Hill Cafe offers comfort, solace and companionship for the regulars who come in each night. However, it is the summer of 1955, and times are changing. In the face of oppressive Jim Crow laws, seven strong-willed locals join forces to protect one of their own-until the unthinkable catches them by surprise, changing life at Top 'o the Hill forever.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Christians  
Steppenwolf Theatre The Christians
 
Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a small storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but now he fears that there may be a crack in the theological foundation. As he shares his new belief in the nature of salvation, the message is met with surprise and then growing trepidation from his closest confidantes in the congregation, threatening to create a schism within the church. Hnath's fascinating new play looks with great complexity and compassion at the relationship between belief and behavior-and its evenhanded, unbiased take on faith in modern America can be appreciated no matter what you believe.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Weir  
Irish Theatre of Chicago at The Den Theatre The Weir
 
An enigmatic young woman from Dublin finds herself the center of attention at a local pub. Pints in hand, the local barflies recount ghostly yarns of the supernatural to impress and entertain her, but it is the visitor herself who relates the most unsettling story of all. McPherson wrote the hauntingly beautiful and humorous play The Weir at the age of 26, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Honky Tonk Angels  
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre at No Exit Cafe Honky Tonk Angels
 
The perfect follow-up to Ted Swindley's Always Patsy Cline, a hit for Theo Ubique in 2014, Swindley's Honky Tonk Angels combines country hit songs combined with a hilarious story about three gutsy good ole gals who follow their dreams to Nashville. Taking its title from Kitty Wells 1951 song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," the score includes 30 classic country songs including "Stand by Your Man," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "9 to 5," "I Will Always Love You," and "Harper Valley PTA." BroadwayWorld called it "a charming, foot-stompin' musical" with "a hilarious story."

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Rosenkranz Mysteries  
Royal George Theatre The Rosenkranz Mysteries
 
Classic as well as never been seen before illusions take over the Royal George Cabaret space this winter as the nationally regarded illusionist Ricardo Rosenkranz stars in The Rosenkranz Mysteries, an evening of magic to lift the spirits. Truly astounding numbers will captivate audiences in an intimate, true cabaret style setting with tables featured in the space. A leading local mixologist will enhance the atmosphere by creating several themed drinks that will help create a fully immersive experience for theatregoers.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
Bible Bingo  
Royal George Theatre Bible Bingo
 
From Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular comedy Late Nite Catechism, comes the new interactive comedy Bible Bingo. The Archdiocese's new bingo department needs to raise money for the parish. That's where you come in: Get ready to play bingo for a variety of wacky prizes. Along the way, you'll be drawn into conversation about everything from Adam and Eve to modern sins. Just be careful: You might laugh so hard you forget to yell "bingo."

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended

 
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Phedre  
Trap Door Theatre Phedre
 
Trap Door Theatre presents an adaptation of Jean Racine's Phedre. Physical evocations of the myths of ancient Greece, as well a critical eye towards societal conventions combine to create a modern take on this classic story of forbidden love.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended

 

 
Tony 'n Tina's Wedding  
Chicago Theatre Works Tony 'n Tina's Wedding
 
Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, comes the return of one of Chicago's longest-running, smash hit shows, Tony 'n Tina's Wedding -- and everyone's invited! You and the other audience members are treated like family at this interactive improvisational comedy. The fun starts with the happy couple's wedding ceremony inside a real church (Resurrection Church), followed by the all-inclusive reception just one block away at Vinnie Black's Coliseum, featuring a full Italian dinner, wedding cake, champagne toast, dancing to great music and lots of love and laughs. As part of the audience, you're considered a wedding guest and are allowed to mix, mingle and interact with all of the participants. You never know what drama you might get swept up in with this crazy Italian family! The improvisational nature of the show lets you go multiple times and see different stories play out each time.Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding will reopen in November 2009

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Her America  
The Greenhouse Theater Center Her America
 
Lori hides in a Midwest basement as the world upstairs spins out of her control. Below the fray, she searches through the artifacts of her own history. She finds an imposing steamer trunk, a wedding dress, and a host of other relics that force her to confront where it all went astray. Was it the day she married Dan? The morning a stranger from her past reappeared? Or the night she put a secret in the trunk, changing her family forever? A deeply American mystery told entrancingly by award-winning actress Kate Buddeke, Her America will leave you breathless as each piece of her story comes out of the cellar, and into the light.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

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