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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.

Cabaret ZaZou - Luminaire

The new, groundbreaking, immersive variety dinner show, will make its worldwide debut in a vintage Spiegeltent on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel in the heart of Chicago's Theatre District. Luminaire is directed by Dreya Weber, and stars critically acclaimed performers Frank Ferrante and Liv Warfield as they lead an international cast of exceptional entertainers. Sassy, sexy, and sultry, Luminaire is designed to dazzle and delight audiences with stunning cirque acts, interactive comedy, captivating vocalists, and a stellar band, complimented by a delicious multi-course meal.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Cabaret ZaZou - Luminaire
Hello, Dolly!

This musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's hit play The Matchmaker bursts with humor, romance, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history. Starring Marriott Theatre favorite Heidi Kettenring (The King & I, Cats, Footloose, Funny Girl). Directed and choreographed by 2-time Tony Award nominee Denis Jones (Marriott and Broadway's Holiday Inn, Honeymoon in Vegas, Broadway's Tootsie).

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Hello, Dolly!
Stew

Shattered Globe Theatre at Theater Wit

The Tucker women are up early to prepare a very important meal, or at least that's what Mama says. As the day wears on, the little dramas that always take place in the kitchen boil over, making a mess of everything. STEW explores the substance of that special stuff passed between kinswomen and how the secrets we keep from our mothers eventually become the secrets we keep from ourselves.

Chicago Reader- Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended
Busking At The Seams- Highly Recommended
Stew
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 and Screen- 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
Blue Man Group
Hay Fever

Noel Coward's farcical comedy of manners, first produced in 1925. The four eccentric members of the Bliss family each invite a guest to spend the weekend in their English country house. The self-centred behaviour of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests' furtive departure.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Hay Fever
Little Shop Of Horrors

Based on the 1960 film by Roger Corman and featuring a book by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Ashman, Little Shop follows meek plant store attendant Seymour, his co-worker crush Audrey, her sadistic dentist of a boyfriend and the man-eating plant that threatens them and the world as we know it.

Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Little Shop Of Horrors
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical for its Broadway premiere. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London hungry for more. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences around the world.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not

The Second City is sorry not sorry for making you laugh with the 110th Mainstage revue, Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not. Leave your worries at the door and come laugh yourself into euphoria at the things we have in common, navigating relationships, code-switching, and even high school on TV. Life is good and the multiverse is real in this interactive experience that has everything you want in a comedy show: Stage combat! Truth bombs! Very intrusive vibe checks! Do the right thing and don't miss this show.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not
Clyde's

"Feisty comedy is on the menu" (Washington Post) in two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage's latest Broadway triumph. Creating the perfect sandwich is the shared quest of the formerly incarcerated kitchen staff of Clyde's, a truck stop cafe. Even as the shop's mischievous owner tries to keep them under her thumb, the staffers are given purpose and permission to dream-finding that "sometimes a hero is more than a sandwich" (New York Times). This stirring, masterful play from the team of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and director Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat) makes its Chicago premiere.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Clyde's
Chagall In School

Grippo Stage Company at Theater Wit

It's 1920, a few years after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and Marc Chagall is asked to head a school for artists in his Russian hometown of Vitebsk. By gathering together other noted artists of the time including Yuri Pen, Vera Ermolaeva and El Lissitsky and with the support of his loving wife, Berta, Chagall endeavors to realize his dream of a free school for anyone who wishes to explore their artistic aspirations. His goals are quickly complicated by the clash of personalities and differences between these artists, as well as Chagall's own inherent inability to take on the role of a stern administrator. When the most impressive artist of the time, Kazimir Malevich, arrives to join the faculty, the artistic soul of the school and Chagall's own future as an artist are contested.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Loop North News- Highly Recommended
Chagall In School
Murder on the Orient Express

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The next morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on famed detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer before they strike again. Ken Ludwig's witty and gripping adaptation of Agatha Christie's timeless murder mystery will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Murder on the Orient Express
Arsenic and Old Lace

Mild-mannered sisters Martha and Abby Brewster live in their spacious Victorian home in a quiet neighborhood in Brooklyn with an eccentric nephew, Teddy. Famed for their hospitality, Martha and Abby are adored by their neighbors and frequently entertain guests. But when their other nephew, Mortimer, discovers his aunts' macabre secrets, a hilarious chain of events ensue in this character-driven farce. Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson directs this beloved American classic, bringing much-needed humor and healing laughter to the stage in Court's 2022/23 Season opener.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Somewhat Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Arsenic and Old Lace
Fiddler on the Roof

One of the world's leading opera directors, Barrie Kosky is celebrated from Vienna to Paris and from Bayreuth to London, where his new Ring cycle will take the stage at the Royal Opera starting next year. When his production of Fiddler on the Roof premiered at Komische Oper Berlin in 2017, international critics heralded the arrival of a completely original and unique experience created from this revered, Tony Award-winning masterpiece. "Songs many of us have heard our whole lives sentimentalized...are given weight and take on deep meaning," raved the Los Angeles Times. Experience a Fiddler like no other, with the full power of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus and a production that is both grand in scale and intimate in its power to bring you directly to the heart of the village of Anatevka. Join us as Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters experience the real joys and sorrows that have made this meaningful work an enduring part of our culture.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
WTTW- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Fiddler on the Roof
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

The recently widowed "Mother of America" lies alone in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and attended to by the very same enslaved people who will be free the moment she dies. The form-shifting fever dream that follows takes us deep into the uncomfortable and horrific ramifications of this country's original sin. Dizzying and fantastical, this skewering Chicago premiere from James Ijames' daring voice puts the American myth on trial.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington
The Garbologists

This off-beat buddy comedy pairs a blue-collar, old-school sanitation worker with an Ivy League-educated newbie in the shared cab of a New York City garbage truck. When these two essential workers from different worlds are thrown together to pick up what the world has discarded, they discover there's more that binds them than taking out the trash.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Let's Play Theatrical Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage and Screen- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
The Garbologists

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