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

 

 
Father Comes Home From the Wars  
Goodman Theatre Father Comes Home From the Wars
 
The Greeks may have set the template for epics, but American history has epics of its own. Father Comes Home From the Wars, like the Greek tragedies that inspired it, is the story of a warrior setting out for battle and then making the long journey home. Set in the Civil War, this explosively powerful new trilogy by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) at Chicago's Goodman Theatre follows the slave, Hero, who agrees to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for his freedom, traveling from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield and back home again. Described as Parks' "finest work yet" by The New York Times, the Father Comes Home From the Wars trilogy -- which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist -- is a masterful blend of the serious and the comic that is at once an epic drama, a moving personal story and a thoughtful meditation on liberty and loyalty.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended

 
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Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story
 
Before the Beatles or the Rolling Stones ever played a note, rock & roll was forever changed by the bespectacled kid from Texas. BUDDY tells the true story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs "That'll be the Day," "Peggy Sue," The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace," Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba," plus many more.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- 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
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- 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- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Southern Gothic  
Windy City Playhouse 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
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 

 
Mies Julie  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Mies Julie
 
In a sweltering kitchen of a remote farm, laborer John and Mies Julie, the daughter of his white master, embark on a feverish night. Fueled by drink, heat, generation-deep resentments, and primal passion, John and Julie's deadly attraction spins dangerously out of control. Dexter Bullard (Sucker Punch), directs Yael Farber's Mies Julie, an explosive and simmering adaptation of August Strindberg's classic play set against the poignant backdrop of post-apartheid South Africa.

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

 
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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

 

 
Neverwhere  
Lifeline Theatre Neverwhere
 
Richard Mayhew commits an act of kindness on the streets of London and finds himself trapped in a shadow world beneath the city. Lady Door returns home one day to find her family slain and her life upended. Drawn together by fate - and forces more powerful than they can guess - these two must brave countless trials, uncover the truth behind a dark conspiracy, and face the indomitable Great Beast before they can set things right again. Journey to London Below with a rogues' gallery of liars, outcasts, and assassins, on a treacherous quest to awaken the hero within.

Chicago Reader- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 
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To Catch A Fish  
TimeLine Theatre Company To Catch A Fish
 
Inspired by true events, this compelling new play examines how the pursuit of justice-however well intentioned-can devastate a family and a community. In a low-income, residential neighborhood of Milwaukee, Terry Kilbourn has just begun a new job passing out flyers for a discount warehouse. When his bosses start asking more of him, his loved ones begin to question what is really going on. As higher stakes are revealed and relationships tested, the clarity of who to trust and what to believe grows increasingly murky. Both hilarious and heart wrenching, TO CATCH A FISH walks the line between good intentions and deceit, testing the bonds we have to family and community.

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

 

 
Macbeth  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater Macbeth
 
The famed creators behind CST's sold-out The Tempest, Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller), reunite for a new, enchanted take on "the Scottish play." Diving into the psyches of Macbeth and his Lady, Shakespeare's seductive, twisted text delivers an explosive, unforgettable examination of what drives a person to risk utter destruction for power. Magic, witches, dark moors, and stunning sights will delight and trick the eye. Presented in the flexible performance space of The Yard, a unique configuration specifically designed for this show will perfectly match Teller's and Posner's wild imaginings in a thrilling culmination to the season.

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

 
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Gaslight District  
Second City Gaslight District
 
From aliens to the alienated, savage roasts to distorted boasts, The Second City e.t.c.'s 42 revue invites you along on a frenzied frolic that translates our modern world into the common language of laughter. Clear your mind, open your eyes and hail one wild rideshare to a place where the truth isn't just out there, it's waaaay out there.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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The Displaced  
Haven Theatre at The Den Theatre The Displaced
 
Marísa and Lev have just moved into their new Pilsen apartment in hopes of rekindling a spark that's long been extinguished. While looking for the circuit breaker in the attic, a mysterious coconut appears, leftover from the previous tenants with a dark history inside it. The Displaced explores the wake of pain and yearning left behind when gentrification forces people out of their homes and the kind of vengeance that can come from it.

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

 

 
Guards at the Taj  
Steppenwolf Theatre Guards at the Taj
 
India 1648. The dawn will reveal for the first time the extraordinary beauty of the Taj Mahal, built as a tribute to the ruler who demanded its construction. But for two hapless imperial guards, the morning light brings with it an unspeakable task that will shake their faith in God, the empire and their lifelong friendship. This boldly funny and deeply moving play examines the true meaning of beauty and the cost of transcendence in a world that confuses the value of both.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
WTTW- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Somewhat Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 
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A Little Night Music  
BoHo Theatre at The Greenhouse Theater Center A Little Night Music
 
Intimately staged with a focus on character and relationships, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC challenges audiences and artists alike with its complex musicality and darkly comedic themes of love and longing. The production is directed by Linda Fortunato, who has previously worked with BoHo on NEXT TO NORMAL, PARADE, and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, with music direction by fellow BoHo alum Tom Vendafreddo (THE SPITFIRE GRILL).

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Recommended
Picture This Post- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 
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Dream Freaks Fall From Space  
Second City Dream Freaks Fall From Space
 
Dream Freaks Fall from Space holds a funhouse mirror up to the already bizarre times in which we're living. The powerhouse cast delivers a show that's surreal, musical, maniacal, and utterly entertaining all at the same time. You'll fall for this other-worldly adventure that's unlike any other show on the planet!

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Not Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Recommended

 

 

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