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Play List 2018: Top Shows Of The Year


Top Chicago Plays of 2018Theatre In Chicago presents its list of the top-rated plays that were produced in the Chicago area for 2018. The list was compiled objectively from critics' reviews, based on the Highly Recommended to Not Recommended scale.

The list only includes those shows that opened in 2018 (so that is why Hamilton is not on the list even though it is the highest rated show now playing)

A caveat, however: only those productions that garnered at least six reviews from recognized publications or blogs were eligible to be on this list. So a play that had only three reviews, for instance, even if all of those reviews were Highly Recommended, would not be included. This was done to ensure that the list could not be compromised by shows whose small number of reviews give each one undue weight.

Top Plays of 2018

The Steadfast Tin Soldier: A Christmas Pantomime
Lookingglass Theatre

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended


Radio Golf
Court Theatre

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended



The Woman in Black
Royal George Theatre

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended


All My Sons
Court Theatre

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended


Cosi fan tutte
Lyric Opera

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago On The Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre-- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended


The Wizard of Oz
Paramount Theatre

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended


The End of TV
Manual Cinema at Chopin Theatre

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended


In The Canyon
Jackalope Theatre at Broadway Armory

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended


Frost/Nixon
Redtwist Theatre

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended


The Safe House
City Lit Theater

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended
TheatreWorld Internet Magazine-- Highly Recommended


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