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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.

Bad Jews  
Royal George Theatre Bad Jews
 
Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Stir in the identity curation of the Facebook generation and Theater Wit's Chicago premiere of Bad Jews, directed by artistic director Jeremy Wechsler, promises to be one of the funniest, wisest, most excruciating comedies on a Chicago stage this year.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- 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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Cirque du Soleil - Kurios  
United Center Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
 
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This pre-sale offer for Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities in the Grand Chapiteau at Chicago's United Center gets you great tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- 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
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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South Pacific  
Light Opera Works at Cahn Auditorium South Pacific
 
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about two couples from different worlds on a Pacific Island during World War II. The score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bali Ha'i," There is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Younger Than Springtime," with the full original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations.

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

 
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Moby Dick  
Lookingglass Theatre Moby Dick
 
Madness rages like the angry sea when man pits himself against leviathan in Melville's epic and poetic tale furiously reimagined on the Lookingglass stage by director David Catlin (Lookingglass Alice). Set sail with Captain Ahab and the intrepid crew of the Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating exploration of fate vs. free will.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- 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
The Fourth Walsh- Somewhat Recommended

 

 
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
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
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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Stupid F***ing Bird  
Sideshow Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Stupid F***ing Bird
 
On the grounds of a country estate, two generations worth of Russians mope and love and hate and make a lot of bird-based metaphors. Sound familiar? It's Anton Chekhov versus the modern world in Aaron Posner's ballsy Midwest premiere. A smash-hit on the east coast and a finalist for the 2014 ACTA Award, this heartbreakingly hilarious sort-of-adaptation of The Seagull takes a baseball bat to one of theatre's most famous works and staunchly refuses to pick up the pieces. Sideshow's signature energy and wit are on full display in this very funny examination of what drives us to make art and find love.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended

 
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Brilliant Adventures  
Steep Theatre Brilliant Adventures
 
Tucked away in his dingy apartment, Luke has invented a device that could change the world - if only he thought the world was ready for it. When an opportunistic outsider arrives with designs on his invention and his apartment, Luke's family, and the universe itself, are at risk of being torn apart. Brilliant Adventures packs all the gritty British drama you've come to expect at Steep into a wildly entertaining sci-fi thriller with more than a touch of dark comedy.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Gapers Block- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash  
Mercury Theater Ring Of Fire: The Music Of Johnny Cash
 
The musical revue RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH guides audiences on a journey through Cash's career, from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry. The show was created by Richard Maltby, Jr., conceived by William Meade, with orchestrations by Steven Bishop and Jeff Lisenby. This version is a re-imagining of the original Broadway production; more intimate, but with a full musical soundscape.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Gapers Block- 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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Men Of Soul  
Black Ensemble Theater Men Of Soul
 
A fascinating journey featuring the music made famous by some of the greatest soul singers of all time including, Peabo Bryson, Joe Cocker, Billy Ocean, Billy Joel, Luther Vandross, Tom Jones and the incomparable Bill Withers - just to name a few. This uplifting and powerful celebration helps us to understand the struggles of these men and the strength that it took for each one to find their - soul!

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- 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

 

 
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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Grand Concourse  
Steppenwolf Theatre Grand Concourse
 
Having dedicated her life to religious service, Shelley runs a Bronx soup kitchen with unsentimental efficiency. Her brisk nature masks an unsettling fear that her efforts are meaningless. When Emma-a rainbow-haired college dropout-arrives to volunteer, her volatile mix of generosity and self-involvement pushes Shelley over the edge. With both humor and heart, Grand Concourse asks big questions about the value of compassion and the limits of forgiveness.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Gapers Block- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- 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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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
Windy City Times- Recommended
Gapers Block- Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended

 

 
Loving Repeating  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Loving Repeating
 
LOVING REPEATING is an intimate exploration of Gertrude Stein's legacy, setting her unconventional creative passions against the backdrop of her lifelong relationship with Alice B. Toklas. From her student days in the late 19th century to the height of her artistic era in Paris as one of the 'lost generation,' LOVING REPEATING pays homage to Stein's capricious love affair with language, self-expression and her lifelong romance with Toklas.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?  
Second City Soul Brother, Where Art Thou?
 
Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? hilariously explores the ups and downs of modern life - our co-dependent relationship with technology, the paranoid perils of online dating and battling the loud chorus of judgment we hear in our heads and from the world around us. From the very real threat of fatal peanut allergies to the embarrassment of miscast warriors, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? searches for common ground and kindred spirits.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Gapers Block- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended

 

 

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