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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.

Bug
Bug

In a seedy Oklahoma motel room, a lonely waitress begins an unexpected love affair with a young drifter. And then they see the first bugs... Tracy Letts's mind-bending cult classic-a luridly funny tale of love, paranoia and government conspiracy-roars back to Steppenwolf.

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Bug
Sister Act

When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing, and a truly moving story, Sister Act will leave audiences breathless.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Splash Magazine- 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
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
TotalTheater- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Sister Act
Her Honor Jane Byrne

Chicago is "The City That Works"-but does it work for everybody? It's 1981, the city's simmering pot of neglected problems boils over, and Chicago's first woman mayor is moving into Cabrini-Green. Is this just a P.R. stunt, or will it bring the City together? For the next three weeks, residents, activists, media, the "Machine," and the Mayor herself will collide as the City's raw truths are exposed. Who will come out on top in Lookingglass Ensemble Member J. Nicole Brooks' exciting new work, Her Honor Jane Byrne?

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Her Honor Jane Byrne
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
Blue Man Group
Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol

Manual Cinema at Online Stream

Manual Cinema, the Chicago-based interdisciplinary performance collective, will take on the most famous holiday tale of all time with Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol, a world premiere, live streaming adaption of Charles Dickens's holiday classic created specifically for the 2020 holiday season.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Manual Cinema's Christmas Carol
Teatro ZinZanni

Of all the Spiegeltents in all the neighborhoods in all of Chicago, she walks into Caesar's joint, where Marco Antonio and his kitchen crew offer up a nightly feast. After 2000 years stuck inside the sarcophagus, will Cleopatra and her entourage find a new empire, true love and the delicious meal that they seek? Will there be love spice in the air? Guests are invited to join veteran comedians Frank Ferrante and Joe DePaul and an amazing cast of aerialists, acrobats, singers and dancers at Teatro ZinZanni to find out. Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune) calls Frank Ferrante's Caesar a performance "with so much wit and heart that you want him to sit down at your table and share your dinner," and one of the Top 10 Performances of the year. Described as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid," Teatro ZinZanni brings to Chicago an international cast of premier entertainers for its anticipated engagement. Teatro ZinZanni's founder Norm Langill will continue to direct the production. The menu will continue to be designed by Chicago's own Debbie Sharpe - The Goddess of The Goddess and Grocer. The included four-course gourmet feast features multiple entree selections, including vegan options. A fabulous la carte cocktail menu, wine & beer list, and special occasion treats round out the dining experience.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Teatro ZinZanni
As You Like It

It's time to "come together" again in the magnificent setting of the Courtyard Theater! Find yourself transported to the '60s, when all you need is love. The irrepressible Rosalind takes refuge in the forest. So, too, does her love Orlando, with much to learn from the woman of his dreams, now disguised in boy's garb. This high-spirited, music-filled adaptation infuses Shakespeare's romantic comedy with the hit songs of The Beatles, lifting the playwright's verse in beautiful harmony with the immortal music of the "Fab Four." More than 20 musical numbers performed live onstage-including favorites like "She Loves You," "Let It Be," and "Here Comes the Sun"- make for an exuberant celebration of love and connection.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Somewhat 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
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
As You Like It
Pump Boys and Dinettes

Porchlight Music Theatre at Ruth Page Center For Arts

Porchlight's 27th season kicks off with a stop at the Double Cupp Diner for Pump Boys & Dinettes, one of the longest running shows in Chicago Theatre history and a country fried phenomenon filled with toe-tapping music on guitar, piano, bass and a kitchen utensil or two! This North Carolina dinette is your home off the highway and located just across the street from the filling station. Run by Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, beloved sisters who are always ready with a cup of Joe, a slice of pie, a homespun song and a "Welcome back!" The New York Times said "It doesn't merely celebrate the value of friendship and life's simple pleasures, it embodies them."

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Rescripted- Highly Recommended
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Hundred Days

Kokandy Productions at Chopin Theatre

HUNDRED DAYS is an uncensored, exhilarating and heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. With magnetic chemistry and anthemic folk-punk music, creators Abigail and Shaun Bengson explore a fundamental question: how do we make the most of the time that we have?

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Hundred Days
Florencia en el Amazonas

Lyric's first Spanish-language work to be presented as part of the mainstage opera season, this story about a glamorous diva on a life-changing adventure on the Amazon is suffused by the entrancing allure of magical realism. Florencia Grimaldi, a renowned diva, is engaged to perform at the opera house of Manaus, Brazil. Traveling there by boat, she's consumed by longing for her long-lost lover, who she hopes will be awaiting her. Florencia and her fellow passengers are all intensely memorable characters, and they're illuminated by the magnificent, sumptuous romantic music created by a true musical genius - Mexico's finest opera composer, Daniel Catan.

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Florencia en el Amazonas
Kiss Me, Kate

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle onstage and off in a production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare. Musical numbers include "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "So In Love," "Wunderbar," "Too Darn Hot," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."

Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Recommended
Kiss Me, Kate
Frozen

A mysterious secret. A family torn apart. As one sister struggles with being an outsider and harnessing her powers within, the other sets out on a thrilling adventure to bring her family together once again. Both are searching for love, but they'll learn that to find it they'll have to look inside themselves first.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Frozen
Cinderella

Cinderella, the classic musical from the genius minds of Rodgers and Hammerstein, is an enchanting story that will make entire families wish fairy godmothers and glass slippers weren't just for fairy tales. Paramount is planning a mesmerizing new production that gives parents and children a familiar yet reimagined take on the story families have returned to over and over across generations.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Somewhat Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Cinderella
Paradise Square

New York City. 1863. The Civil War raged on. An extraordinary thing occurred amid the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of the Five Points, the notorious 19th-century Lower Manhattan slum. Irish immigrants escaping the devastation of the Great Famine settled alongside free-born Black Americans and those who escaped slavery, arriving by means of the Underground Railroad. The Irish, relegated at that time to the lowest rung of America's social status, received a sympathetic welcome from their Black neighbors (who enjoyed only slightly better treatment in the burgeoning industrial-era city). The two communities co-existed, intermarried, raised families, and shared their cultures in this unlikeliest of neighborhoods.

Chicago Tribune- Somewhat Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
WTTW- Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Buzznews.net- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Somewhat Recommended
PicksInSix- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Paradise Square
The Last Pair of Earlies

Ever since he was a teenager in Mississippi, Wayland Early could count on two things - his talent for making handmade shoes, and Della Rose's love. But danger forces them to flee north to Chicago. Before they know it, nearly two decades have passed, and both Wayland and Della find themselves increasingly unable to count on anything, including their marriage. As they each contend with the weight of their spent youth and unrealized dreams, a life-altering question comes to the surface: are they still enough for each other?

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Recommended
Let's Play at ChicagoNow- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
The Last Pair of Earlies

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