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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  
CIBC 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
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Come From Away  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Come From Away
 
The true story of the small town that welcomed the world. Broadway's COME FROM AWAY has won Best Musical all across North America! The New York Times Critics' Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Don't miss this breathtaking new musical written by Tony nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and helmed by this year's Tony-winning Best Director, Christopher Ashley. Newsweek cheers, "It takes you to a place you never want to leave!"

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- 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 Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse South Southern Gothic
 
It's 1960. Ashford, Georgia. Tom Collins is the drink of choice. Dean Martin's on the radio. Everyone's driving a Cadillac, and Suzanne Wellington is about to turn 40. Four couples gather to celebrate the big day -- old college buddies who've known one another for decades. But even best friends keep secrets, and over the course of this evening's party, a few of those are bound to be revealed ... from a political scandal, to a hidden pregnancy, a secret love affair, and a business' corruption. Come to Chicago's Windy City Playhouse, explore, and be a fly on the wall for all the juicy drama of Southern Gothic. Mad Men meets Desperate Housewives in this one-of-kind, voyeuristic theater.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- 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
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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Head Over Heels  
Kokandy Productions at Theater Wit Head Over Heels
 
A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, HEAD OVER HEELS follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction - only to discover the key to their realm's survival lies within each of their own hearts.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
HollywoodChicago.com- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Storefront Rebellion- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended

 
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The Wizard of Oz  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater The Wizard of Oz
 
Take an unforgettable, 75-minute journey down the Yellow Brick Road to the magical land of Oz, and share the wonder and delight of live theater with the young people in your life this summer. Dorothy and her trusty pup Toto encounter new friends - including Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion - and face unexpected challenges in the musical stage adaptation of the landmark 1939 MGM film. Be dazzled by the spectacular setting and charmed by its timeless score, featuring such cherished classics as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." After the show, meet the cast in the lobby of Chicago Shakespeare Theater for photos and fun.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended

 
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein  
Lookingglass Theatre Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
 
Within every man there is a monster; within every monster, a man. But which is which? An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley unspools her tale of Victor Frankenstein and his unholy experiment. This gothic tale of love, horror, and the power to create life-and destroy it-awakens in this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.

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

 
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Henry V  
First Folio Theatre Henry V
 
Nothing beats Shakespeare-Under-the-Stars, especially on the grounds of the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate Mansion. Come thrill to Shakespeare's most rousing adventure. Join the brash Henry V as he invades France to prove himself worthy of the crown. Be a part of his forces as they find themselves facing an army ten times the size of their own at the Battle of Agincourt. Come experience the greatest of English battles ... and see how an English King woos a French Princess. You can bring your own lawnchairs or blankets or rent them when you arrive. Picnics are welcome!

Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- 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
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 
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True West  
Steppenwolf Theatre True West
 
In 1982, Steppenwolf exploded onto the American Theatre scene with its now legendary production of Sam Shepard's True West. This American classic traces the sometimes violent and always volatile relationship of Austin and Lee, estranged brothers who find themselves trapped together in their mother's empty house with not much more than a typewriter and a set of golf clubs. In its first Steppenwolf revival, we re-imagine Shepard's masterpiece through the eyes of our new generation of Steppenwolf artists, with a little help from those who came before.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Highly Recommended
TotalTheater- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended

 
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Wolf Play  
The Gift Theatre Wolf Play
 
In a world where people struggle to have children, one American couple decides to 'un-adopt' their young Korean son because they have a newborn at home. After an internet chat room search for the right family, the father 're-homes' the boy with a lesbian couple, where one half is desperate for a child and the other half is fighting for her career. As the boy - who thinks he's a wolf, but is really a puppet - adjusts to his new life, he forms bonds with the unlikeliest of culprits while the rest of the adults squabble about what is 'best for the child.'

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Rescripted- Recommended

 

 
The Recommendation  
Windy City Playhouse The Recommendation
 
Fresh off successful productions at The Old Globe (in San Diego) and the Flea Theater in New York, the psychological thriller follows two friends through the trials and tribulations of life and tests just how far they will go to get what they want.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Chicago Stage Standard- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
City Pleasures- Highly Recommended

 
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You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music)  
Black Ensemble Theater You Can't Fake The Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music)
 
Hop on the "Mothership" as we journey back when Afro's were big, bellbottoms were tight, and the music was out of sight. You Can't Fake the Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) guides us through a musical genre that is sure to have you groovin' in your seats... Ya' Digg? You Can't Take the Funk (A Journey Through Funk Music) will pay tribute to artists such as Sly and the Family Stone, Ohio Players, Earth Wind and Fire, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Rick James, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Bootsy Collins, among others.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Somewhat 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

 

 
And Then There Were None  
Drury Lane- Oakbrook And Then There Were None
 
Ten strangers on a clandestine island. Each holds a murderous secret. Who will pay the ultimate price? This play is a murder mystery penned with cruelty by the master of the craft, Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None brings together tension, fear, and the macabre to weave a tale that captivates the audience until the last curtain. Can you unravel the mystery? Based on the novel by Christie, which is the world's best-selling mystery and one of the best-selling books of all time.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Somewhat Recommended
PicksInSix- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 

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