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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

 

 
United Flight 232  
The House Theatre of Chicago at Chopin Theatre United Flight 232
 
The House Theatre of Chicago announces the return of the 2016 Joseph Jefferson award-winning show for "Best Production of a Play (midsize)," adapted and directed by Vanessa Stalling+, United Flight 232. On July 19, 1989, a DC-10 headed for O'Hare with 296 aboard is paralyzed mid-air. For 44 minutes, the aircraft descended towards an emergency landing and crashed at Sioux City Gateway airport. To the astonishment of all who witnessed the event, 184 of 296 passengers and crew survived. Drawing on the interviews and research conducted by Evanston author Laurence Gonzales for his critically acclaimed book, Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival this award-winning original play, United Flight 232, is a reflection on how to comprehend tragedy and celebrate human ingenuity in the face of overwhelming challenges.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
ChicagoCritic- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater Beat- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Highly Recommended

 
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Million Dollar Quartet  
Paramount Theatre Million Dollar Quartet
 
Travel back in time to Memphis's Sun Records recording studio on December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched. Million Dollar Quartet tells that story with all the raw energy and monumental talent everyone has come to expect from these music giants.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended

 
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A New Brain  
Theo Ubique at No Exit Cafe A New Brain
 
The musical was inspired by a real-life crisis composer-lyricist William Finn experienced in 1992. Not long after winning Tony Awards for his landmark FALSETTOS, Finn started feeling dizzy, and his vision started to fail. The diagnosis? An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in his brain stem. Following a risky but successful surgery, Finn resolved to not leave his piano "without writing a decent song" and the result was A NEW BRAIN - a musical with 32 songs including "I'd Rather Be Sailing," "I Feel So Much Spring" and "Heart and Music."

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Recommended
Theatre By Numbers- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Huffington Post- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended

 

 
Rigoletto  
Lyric Opera Rigoletto
 
Rigoletto, Verdi's masterpiece of 1851, presents a magnificent, deeply moving characterization of a hunchbacked court jester consumed by bitterness and revenge. Rigoletto is the father of Gilda, who is seduced and abandoned by the licentious Duke of Mantua. Sparafucile is the assassin hired by Rigoletto to murder the Duke; Maddalena is Sparafucile's seductive sister; and Count Monterone's curse on Rigoletto initiates the drama of the opera.

Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- 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
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 

 
Foxfinder  
Interrobang Theatre Project at Athenaeum Theatre Foxfinder
 
In the not so distant future, the economy is failing, food is scarce and paranoia is in the air. Samuel and Judith Covey live in rural England, maintaining their government-controlled farm - in constant fear of losing it all. After an anonymous tip, William Bloor, a "Foxfinder," arrives to investigate a suspected contamination, threatening to uncover secrets of desire and regret that will change all of their lives forever.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended

 
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Two Mile Hollow  
First Floor Theater at The Den Theatre Two Mile Hollow
 
When the Donnellys gather to divide their belongings after the sale of their oceanfront mansion, both metaphorical and literal storms are brewing. As this famous, longing-to-be-famous and completely messy Caucasian family comes together with their POC personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed over white wine. A satirical takedown coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, TWO MILE HOLLOW explores the age old genre of plays about affluent white families retreating to their waterfront homes to battle it out with brutality, awe and compassion. Only this time, none of the white characters are played by white actors.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
NewCity Chicago- Highly Recommended

 

 
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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Fun Home  
Victory Gardens Theater - Biograph Fun Home
 
Hailed as one of Broadway's most original musicals and the winner of 5 Tony Awards, Fun Home is a groundbreaking story inspired by Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir. In this intimate musical, Alison sets out to unravel the many mysteries of her childhood through a series of memories and conversations - from her coming out to her moving journey to acceptance. Gary Griffin (Hand to God, Never the Sinner) directs this emotionally charged family drama that The New York Times calls "extraordinary," and "a rare beauty."

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Musical Theatre- Highly Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
The Hawk Chicago- Recommended
Chicago Theater and Arts- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended
Rebellious Magazine For Women- Somewhat Recommended

 
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Hard Times  
Lookingglass Theatre Hard Times
 
A Dickensian carnival of characters inhabits the streets of smoke-choked Coketown: grim Mr. Gradgrind's school churns out joyless students; poor Stephen Blackpool toils in the nearby mines; and mill-owner Mr. Bounderby, full of bluster and bombast, presides over it all. Only when a traveling circus alights nearby, and young orphan Sissy Jupe enters their world, does a ray of hope shine through. Artistic Director Heidi Stillman adapts and directs this timeless love-letter to the power of beauty, hope, and imagination.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- 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. Itís 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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His Greatness  
Pride Arts Center - The Buena His Greatness
 
Three men - a great American playwright, his trusted and loyal assistant, and a young Canadian street hustler - find themselves together for two days in a hotel room in Vancouver. The ensuing battle for power, love and loyalty is frequently funny, engagingly dark and ultimately moving. HIS GREATNESS, inspired by a 'potentially true story' during the declining days of Tennessee Williams, is an intimate insight into the mind of a familiar public figure, grappling with the loss of former glory and desperate for a return to form and success.

Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Chicago Theatre Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

 
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The Man-Beast  
First Folio Theatre The Man-Beast
 
In the 18th Century French countryside, a mysterious wild-animal is ravaging the livestock and the citizenry, leaving behind a trail of blood and death. No one has seen it, but they have seen the gory results of its savage attacks and suspect that it's a Loup-Garou, the savage werewolf of French legend. When Louis XVI puts a bounty on the animal, the mystery and horror only deepen.

Chicago Tribune- Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Highly Recommended

 

 
A View From the Bridge  
Goodman Theatre A View From the Bridge
 
Hot on the heels of sold-out runs on Broadway and London's West End, this "magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold" (London Evening Standard) revival of Arthur Miller's passionate drama now makes its way to Chicago. With a story that examines the promises and failures of the American Dream, you'll meet Italian-American immigrant and Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone -- a man who holds family and honor above all else ... and yet betrays them both, exposing an unspeakable secret. Already a powerful story, with direction from visionary Belgian director Ivo van Hove, A View From the Bridge now pulsates with raw energy at Chicago's Goodman Theatre.

Chicago Tribune- Highly Recommended
Chicago Sun Times- Highly Recommended
Daily Herald- Highly Recommended
Chicago Reader- Recommended
Windy City Times- Recommended
Time Out Chicago- Highly Recommended
Chicago On the Aisle- Highly Recommended
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
Splash Magazine- Highly Recommended
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
Chicagoland Theater Reviews- Highly Recommended
The Fourth Walsh- Recommended
Third Coast Review- Highly Recommended
Picture This Post- Highly Recommended
Chicago On Stage- Highly Recommended

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