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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.

Sheepdog  
Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit Sheepdog
 
Amina and Ryan are both officers in the Cleveland police force. Amina is black, Ryan is white, and they are falling deeply and passionately in love. They pride themselves on moral and ethical conduct; they are officers committed to guarding the "sheep" (citizens) from the "wolves" (predators). When a police-involved shooting roils the department, the intoxication of young love spirals into confusion and self-doubt. This is a mystery inside a love story with high stakes and no easy answers. At breakneck speed, Amina's dogged pursuit of the truth may exact a devastating toll.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- 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
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 
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Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner  
Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop Teatro ZinZanni: Love, Chaos and Dinner
 
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside you as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni's signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco, and now comes to Chicago's Cambria Hotel with its "feast for the senses." (The New York Times)

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 
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Voice Of Good Hope  
City Lit Theater Voice Of Good Hope
 
A dramatic portrait of Barbara Jordan, the first African American congresswoman to be elected from the Deep South. The play follows Jordan from her childhood in Houston's Fifth Ward through her receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton, and deals with her pivotal role on the House Judiciary Committee during its hearings concerning the possible impeachment of President Richard Nixon, her complex political relationship with Texas power broker Robert Strauss, her struggle with muscular dystrophy, and her twenty-year relationship with Nancy Earl, her companion and occasional speechwriter, and ultimately her caregiver. The play premiered at Victory Gardens Theater in 2000 and has been produced from New York to San Francisco in the years since then.

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

 

 
I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce  
Royal George Theatre I'm Not A Comedian...I'm Lenny Bruce
 
An undisputed comic legend, Lenny Bruce was one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His life and work have had an impact on poetry, politics, music, film and of course, comedy. Bruce's tempestuous personal and professional life was marked by great passion and great pain. His unwavering commitment to free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. No stranger to Chicago, Bruce was arrested for obscenity for his performance at The Gate of Horn in December 1962. Bruce fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court. He died of an accidental overdose in 1966, while out on appeal. Bruce has not yet been surpassed at his particular brand of art and if he were around today, he would be in as much trouble as when he was alive.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
WTTW- 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
City Pleasures- Recommended

 
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Top Girls  
Remy Bumppo Theatre at Theater Wit Top Girls
 
You need a hard head to smash a glass ceiling and Marlene's got what it takes! But success comes at a price and the past is never far behind. Whip-smart, funny, and ultimately very moving, Caryl Churchill's groundbreaker brilliantly debates questions about female empowerment, career, and family.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Tasters  
Rivendell Theatre The Tasters
 
With so many government leaders getting poisoned these days, the Tasters have a critical job to do. They sample mouthwatering gourmet meals...then wait to see if they die in agony. When government forces capture renowned resistance leader Elyse, they make her a Taster and assume they've won. But Elyse has a plan of her own, which kicks off a series of events that might just alter the course of history...and put all the other Tasters' lives at risk.

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times Schaumburg Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. Expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Review- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended

 

 
Once On This Island  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Once On This Island
 
Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up "a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!" (The Huffington Post). With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and Ragtime, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND is a timeless testament to theater's unlimited possibilities.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Chicago Parent- Highly Recommended

 
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Always... Patsy Cline  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Always... Patsy Cline
 
ALWAYS... PATSY CLINE is based on the true story of Patsy's friendship with Houstonite Louise Seger. Having first heard Patsy on the Arthur Godfrey Show in 1957, Louise became an immediate and avid fan of Patsy's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Patsy's records on the radio. In 1961 when Patsy went to Houston for a show, Louise and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Patsy who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship - a friendship that lasted the rest of Patsy Cline's life.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Storefront Rebellion- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended

 

 
Stop Kiss  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena Stop Kiss
 
Sara and Callie are walking through New York City's West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander that transforms their lives in a way they could never anticipate. VARIETY called it "A poignant and funny play about the ways, both sudden and slow, that lives can change irrevocably."

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Somewhat Recommended
Picture This Post- Somewhat Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended

 
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Dance Nation  
Steppenwolf Theatre Dance Nation
 
A pre-teen dance troupe navigates ambition, friendship and desire as they claw their way to Nationals in Tampa Bay. Featuring a multigenerational cast of women playing our pre-teen heroines, this Chicago premiere is fiercely funny, theatrically inventive and full of heart.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Somewhat Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Somewhat Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Rescripted- Recommended

 
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Do You Believe in Madness?  
Second City Do You Believe in Madness?
 
Do You Believe in Madness? hilariously examines how we're all gleefully speeding towards a modern apocalypse in this brand new revue from The Second City. From hot-button issues in our own backyards to the unstable atmosphere and beyond, this show aims its sights on everything from legalizing weed to infiltrating Facebook; breaking down Brexit to building new relationships; navigating new parenthood to navigating our current political landscape. Come together to laugh at the ways we're all the same and shamelessly skewer our differences in today's confounding world, where super villains sound logical and the sweet sounds of the ukulele lull you further and further into the madness.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

 

 
The Gulf  
About Face Theatre at Theater Wit The Gulf
 
In the middle of a river and long past the middle of their relationship, Kendra and Betty are questioning where their life together will go next. On a muggy summer evening somewhere down in the Alabama Delta, the two women troll the flats looking for redfish. As passions and tensions flare over past infidelities, life-choices, and job struggles, the couple must confront what it takes to overcome the space between them.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

 

 

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