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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

 

 
The Nutcracker  
The Joffrey Ballet at Auditorium Theatre The Nutcracker
 
A ballet in two acts, The Nutcracker opens in Chicago on Christmas Eve, 1892, mere months before the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, also known as the World's Fair, a marvel unlike anything the city has ever seen. Marie and her younger brother Franz arrive at home, where their immigrant mother-a sculptress of modest means-designs the seminal masterpiece that will preside over the Fair. A festive Christmas potluck ensues, only to be interrupted by the mysterious Great Impresario, creator of the World's Fair. He entertains with enchanting visions of the what's to come, distributing gifts in the process, which includes a mercurial nutcracker for Marie. That evening, Marie awakens to an epic battle between toy soldiers and rats led by The Rat King and the now life-size Nutcracker. Unexpectedly, Marie saves the day, as The Great Impresario and the Nutcracker, now transformed into a Prince, set sail on a magical journey into the night.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended

 
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Billy Elliot the Musical  
Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts Billy Elliot the Musical
 
Billy Elliot the Musical is based on the 2000 film "Billy Elliot" and features music by Elton John with book and lyrics by the film's screenplay writer Lee Hall. Winner of both the Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best Musical, Billy Elliot the Musical is an inspirational story set in an English mining town during the miners' strike of 1984-85. Billy Elliot takes a journey from the boxing ring to a ballet class to make his dreams come true while challenging the long held beliefs of his hometown. Along the way, he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
ShowBizChicago- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 

 
Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White  
The Artistic Home Wedding Band: A Love/Hate Story in Black and White
 
Alice Childress's drama is set in the summer of 1918. There is a war in Europe, and a smaller war in South Carolina. Julia is an African-American seamstress and Herman is a white German-American baker who has kept company with her for 10 years. Disapproval of their affair from neighbors and family, as well as South Carolina's laws prohibiting interracial marriage makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!  
American Blues Theater at Stage 773 It's A Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!
 
For 16 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound effects, an original score and holiday carols. The Bedford Falls "residents" extend their hospitality after every performance treating audiences to milk and cookies served by the cast.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- 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- Recommended

 
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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical  
Cadillac Palace Theatre Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
 
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Recommended
Around The Town 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

 
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Late Nite Catechism  
Royal George Theatre Late Nite Catechism
 
Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, where the irrepressible Sister teaches class to a roomful of "students." Throughout the course of the play the benevolent instructor rewards audience members for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. Now in its 20th year in Chicago, Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire, but never mean. It’s simply an evening of fun and laughter.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended

 
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Sleeping Beauty  
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire Sleeping Beauty
 
Come visit this colorful kingdom where the vengeful sorceress Magenta places a wicked curse on the beautiful Princess Amber. Only a kiss from her one true love can unlock the spell and wake this Sleeping Beauty. Will Prince Hunter overcome his fears as he scales the mountains, sails the dark sea and battles the dragon to prove his love? Don't miss out on this captivating and colorful, musical fairy tale.

Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Recommended

 

 
Wicked  
Ford Oriental Theatre Wicked
 
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One - born with emerald-green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, and how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Don't miss Wicked Chicago.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Christmas Schooner  
Mercury Theater The Christmas Schooner
 
Your whole family will enjoy this heartwarming story of the first Christmas Tree Ship and the people who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the holiday spirit. Based on the shipwrecked Rouse Simmons, The Christmas Schooner is a powerful, moving story with an exquisite score by Chicago favorites John Reeger (book) and Julie Shannon (music and lyrics). The musical has entertained audiences for hundreds of productions, including a 12-year run at Chicago's Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. Set in the late 19th century, this holiday musical tells the song and dance-filled story of a close-knit group of German immigrants who receive a message from a Chicago-based cousin lamenting the lack of traditional Christmas trees. A shipping captain and his crew then undertake a risky late-season journey across the notoriously violent Lake Michigan to deliver the precious timber to the city, carrying with them a full cargo of holiday hope and joy.

Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended

 

 
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)  
Theater Wit This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles)
 
This Way Outta Santaland (and other Xmas miracles), written and performed by Mitchell J. Fain, pulls together a host of holiday stories from the audience along with his own autobiographical war stories about how family, drunks, jewelry, funerals, 250 performances and the holiday spirits collide.

Chicago Reader- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 
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Lizzie  
Firebrand Theatre at The Den Theatre Lizzie
 
"Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, gave her father forty-one." So goes the nursery rhyme describing the crime of the century that took the nation by storm when Lizzie Borden murdered her parents with an axe in 1892. Or did she? LIZZIE is a musical that reimagines that bloody legend with four women fronting a female rock band. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score with rage, sex, betrayal and bloody murder.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Somewhat Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 

 
The Importance of Being Earnest  
Writers Theatre The Importance of Being Earnest
 
One of the cleverest comedies by one of the greatest writers in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest introduces us to Jack and Algernon, two charming bachelors who are each living a double life, aided by a fictional alter ego called “Ernest.” But when they fall truly in love with a pair of proper young women, will they be able to bring an end to the charade and convince the formidable Lady Bracknell that they are suitable candidates for marriage? After all, “the one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- 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
The Hawk Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Recommended

 

 
A Christmas Carol  
Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Now a beloved Chicago tradition celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Goodman Theatre ushers in the holiday season with its adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic holiday story A Christmas Carol. Audiences look forward to the "bah humbugs," the electrifying arrival of the ghosts, the jubilant musical numbers and dancing, and Scrooge's joyful rediscovery of life, love and the Christmas spirit. Goodman's Carol continues to lift heats and spirits after four decades more than a million visitors, and the timeless holiday tale promises to be merrier and more magical than ever. The Daily Herald says the play is "the crown jewel of the holiday season" -- find out for yourself or relive the magic again.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

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