This listing represents links to reviews published on this site for shows currently in production in Chicago. It does not include short runs (i.e. single weekend); see the home page for previews of those, which includes most dance and stand-up comedy coverage.

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) have been recommended by our critics

PLAYS

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND

*God’s Work/Albany Park Theater Project/Through April 19

*Sandalwood/Tympanic Theatre Company and the side project/Through April 20

 

ONGOING

*Brahman/i: A One-Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show/About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising/Through April 27  May 4

*Dorian/The House Theatre of Chicago/Through May 18

The Great God Pan/Next Theatre Company/Through May 11

The Haunting of Hill House/City Lit Theater/Through May 11

The Jewels/TUTA Theatre/Through April 27

*Lyle Finds His Mother/Lifeline Theatre/Through April 27

*A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Piccolo Theatre/Through May 3

*Million Dollar Quartet/Apollo Theater/Through January 5 April 28 Open Run (Half-Priced Tickets)

*Mud Blue Sky/A Red Orchid Theatre/May 25

*Our Class/Remy Bumppo/Through May 11

*Passion/Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre/Through April 27

*Pinkolandia/16th Street Theater/Through May 10

*A Place in the Woods/The Fine Print Theatre Company/Through May 4

*The President/Oracle Theatre/May 31

*Road Show/Chicago Shakespeare Theater/May 4

Russian Transport/Steppenwolf/Through May 11

*Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England/Theater Wit/Through April 27 May 17

*Songs From An Unmade Bed/Pride Film & Plays/Through April 27

*Thinner Than Water/The Gift Theatre/Through May 25

*The Way West/Steppenwolf/Through June 8

 

COMEDY

*Bible Bingo/Royal George Theatre/Open Run

*Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play/The Public House Theatre/Open Run

*The City Life Supplement/Bootstraps Comedy/Through May 31

*A Clown Car Named Desire/Second City e.t.c./Open Run

*Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships/Stage 773/Open Run

*Depraved New World/Second City Main Stage/Open Run

*The Kates/Mercury Cafe and The Book Cellar/Open Run

*Messing With A Friend/Annoyance Theatre/Open Run

Option Up!/Stage 773/Through May 11

*The Second City’s Improv All-Stars/UP Comedy Club/Open Run

*TJ & Dave/iO Theater/Open Run

*What the Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You: A Chicago Revue/UP Comedy Club/Open Run

 

PERFORMANCE

*Trapped in a Room With a Zombie/Bucket List Productions and Room Escape Adventures/Through March 9 April 27 Open Run

 

Reviews from 2014 – CLOSED

*Ain’t Misbehavin’/Porchlight Music Theatre/Through March 16

Amadeus/BoHo Theatre/Through March 16

*American Myth/American Blues Theater/Through March 30

Asskicking Amazons/Chicago Mammals/Through March 22

*Assistance/LiveWire Chicago Theatre/Through March 16

The Barber of Seville/Lyric Opera of Chicago/Through February 27

*Burning Bluebeard/The Ruffians/Closed January 5

*Buzzer/Goodman Theatre/Through March 9

Cabaret/Marriott Theatre/Through March 16

*Chapatti/Northlight Theatre/Through April 13

Chicago/Broadway in Chicago/Through March 2

*Chicago’s Golden Soul (A 60′s Revue)/Black Ensemble Theater/Through March 29

*Cock/Profiles Theatre/April 6

*Crime and Punishment/Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company/Through March 16

*Darlin’/Step Up Productions/Through April 13

*Die Fledermaus/Lyric Opera/Through January 18

*The Earliest Known Photo of Men Drinking Beer/Drinking & Writing/Through April 12

*Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live/Broadway in Chicago/Through March 30

Ghost Bike/Buzz22 Chicago/Through April 6

Gidion’s Knot/Profiles Theatre/Through March 9

*Golden Boy/Griffin Theatre Company/Through April 6

*The Golden Dragon/Sideshow Theatre Company/Through February 23

*The Gospel of Lovingkindness/Victory Gardens Theater/Through March 30

*hamlet is dead. no gravity/Red Tape Theatre/Through February 22

*Hedda Gabler/Writers Theatre/Through March 16 April 6

Hello, Dolly!/Drury Lane Theatre/Closed January 5

*The How and the Why/TimeLine Theatre/Through April 6

*Into the Woods/The Hypocrites/Through April 5

*It’s All-Right to Have a Good Time: The Story of Curtis Mayfield/Black Ensemble Theater/Through December 29 March 30

*The Killing of Michael X/Jackalope Theatre Company/Through April 13

*King Hedley II/Congo Square Theatre Company/Through April 6

*La clemenza di Tito/Lyric Opera/Through March 23

*Les Parents Terribles/The Artistic Home/Through April 13

Let Them Eat Chaos/Second City/Open Run

*The Little Prince/Lookingglass Theatre/Through February 23 March 16

*Love and Understanding/Redtwist Theatre/Through March 24

*Luna Gale/Goodman Theatre/Through February 23

Madama Butterfly/Lyric Opera/Through January 26

*The Magical Exploding Boy and the Invisible Circus/The Actors Gymnasium/Through March 23

*The Mandrake/Commedia Beauregard/Through February 9

The Merry Wives of Windsor/Chicago Shakespeare Theater/Through January 19

*Mishap!/Akvavit Theatre/Through March 23

*Miss Marx: Or the Involuntary Side Effect of Living/Strawdog Theatre Company/Through March 29

Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood/MadKap Productions/Through February 16

*Old Jews Telling Jokes/The Royal George Theatre/Through February 16 March 30

The Oregon Tail Burlesque: You Have Died of Sexy/Gorilla Tango Burlesque/Through April 11

Our Country’s Good/Shattered Globe Theatre/Through February 22

*Period Piece/The Playground Theater/Through March 21

Peter and the Starcatcher/Broadway in Chicago/Through April 13

*The Phantom of the Opera/Broadway in Chicago/Through March 2

The Pitchfork Disney/Interrobang Theatre Project/Through March 2

Plainsong/Signal Theatre Ensemble/Through March 8

The Planetary Defense Force In: Crisis on Planet Earth/Public House Theatre/Through March 27

*Playboy of the Western World/Raven Theatre/Through April 5

*Porch Play/Theatre Momentum/Through March 8

*Queenie Pie/Chicago Opera Theater/Through March 5 March 23

*The Roper/The Den Theatre/Through April 13

*Rose and the Rime/The House Theatre of Chicago/Through March 23

*Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical/Broadway in Chicago/Closed January 5

*The Sefarer/Seanachai Theatre Company/Closed January 5 February 1

*Seven Guitars/Court Theatre/Through February 16

The Shadow Over Innsmouth/WildClaw Theatre/Through January 26

Solstice/A Red Orchid Theatre/Through February 23

*Sons of the Prophet/American Theater Company/Through March 9

*strangers, babies/The Steep Theatre/Through March 1

*Sweet Smell of Success/Kokandy Productions/Through February 2

*A Tale of Two Cities/Lifeline Theatre/Through April 6

*The Tennessee Williams Project/The Hypocrites/Through March 2

This is Not a Cure for Cancer/Collaboraction/Through March 30

Tom Jones/Northlight Theatre/Through February 23

Tribes/Steppenwolf/Through February 9 February 15

*Venus in Fur/Goodman Theatre/Through April 13

*Water by the Spoonful/Court Theatre/Through April 6

*We Three Lizas/About Face Theatre/Closed January 5

*Young Frankenstein/Drury Lane Theatre/ Through March 16

 

Reviews from 2013 – CLOSED

*12 Nights/The Hypocrites/Closed October 6

*All Girl Frankenstein/The Chicago Mammals/Closed November 30 December 14

*Appropriate/Victory Gardens/Closed December 8 December 14

*Audience Annihilated Part Two: Gold Star Sticker/Dream Theatre Company/Closed November 3

*The Balcony/Trap Door Theatre/Closed October 12

*The Birds/Hell in a Handbag Productions/Closed September 15

*Blood on the Cat’s Neck/Trap Door Theatre/Closed December 28

Bo Thomas and the Case of the Sky Pirates/Babes with Blades Theatre Company/Closed September 21

The Book of Spectres/Grey Ghost Theatre/Closed October 20

*Broadsword/The Gift Theatre/Closed November 24

*Compulsion/Next Theatre Company/Closed November 17

Conversations on a Homecoming/Strawdog Theatre Company/Closed September 28

*The Crownless King/The House Theatre of Chicago/Closed October 20

Cyrano de Bergerac/Chicago Shakespeare Theater/Closed November 10

The Dead Prince/The Strange Tree Group/Closed December 22

Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead/Pride Films and Plays/Closed November 10

Double Trouble/Porchlight Musical Theatre/Closed October 6

The Dumb Waiter/Proud Kate Theatre Project/Closed September 1

*Elegy/The Elegy Project/Closed December 1

*Flea Market: An Evening with Mark Kelly Smith/Raven Theatre/Closed November 24

*Great Expectations/Strawdog Theatre Company/December 14 December 22

*Hank Williams: Lost Highway/American Blues Theater/Closed October 6 October 12

Heist Play/The Ruckus Theater/Closed November 10

*An Iliad/Court Theatre/Closed December 15

*In God’s Hat/Profiles Theatre/Closed October 13

*Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey/Remy Bumppo/Closed November 10

*Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up/The New Colony/Closed December 14 December 15

*King John/Linchpin Theatre/Closed November 11

King Ubu/The Plagiarists/Closed September 28

The Lockout/Six Hours Short/Closed September 15

*La traviata/Lyric Opera/Closed December 20

*The Life and Death of Madam Barker/Red Tape Theatre/Closed November 10

*Lord of the Flies/Steppenwolf for Young Audiences/Closed November 15

*To Master the Art/Chicago Commercial Collective/Closed October 20

*The Mikado/The Hypocrites at Steppenwolf Garage/Closed December 29

*Monroe/The Public House Theatre/Closed October 4 October 26

*The Mountaintop/Court Theatre/Closed October 13

Musical of the Living Dead/The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company/Closed November 9

*Mythical Proportions/Theater Wit/Closed September 22

The Nerd/Black Fox Theatre/Closed September 1

*Next to Normal/Drury Lane Theatre/Closed October 6

*The Normal Heart/TimeLine Theatre Company/Closed December 22 December 29

The North China Lover/Lookingglass Theatre Company/Closed November 10

*The Old Man and the Old Moon/PigPen Theatre Co./Closed November 10 December 1

Once/Broadway in Chicago/Closed October 27

*Otello/Lyric Opera/Closed November 2

*Parsifal/Lyric Opera/Closed November 29

*Pullman Porter Blues/Goodman Theatre/Closed October 20

*Smokefall/Goodman Theatre/Closed November 3

*The Sovereign Statement/The Neo-Futurists/Closed November 23 December 14

*Sweet Child of Mine/The Neo-Futurists and The Last Tuesday Society/Closed September 21

*Terminus/Interrobang Theatre Project/Closed October 6

*This is War/Signal Ensemble Theatre/Closed September 28

Unwilling and Hostile Instruments: 100 Years of Extraordinary Chicago Women/Theatre Seven of Chicago/Closed October 27

Warped/Stage Left Theatre/Closed October 6

*The Water’s Edge/AstonRep Theatre Company/Closed October 26

*The Wheel/Steppenwolf Theatre Company/Closed November 10

*Wicked/Broadway in Chicago/Through December 21

Wrecks/Profiles Theatre/Closed November 17