green light recs: how we reveal recommendations
At ChicagoOnStage.com, we are theatre people, which means we take lighting seriously.
OK, clearly we don't always do so since we're being a bit silly right now, but the fact is that traffic lights seem to us to be the perfect metaphor for recommending plays. They are simple; they are universally understood, and they come in just three varieties: green for GO to this show, red for STOP and think before going, and yellow for, well, exactly what we do with them in real life. May well be a decent show too, but you need to read the review: there is a reason we don't simply recommend it outright. We all get this so quickly: why has no one done this before?
We're going to use this simple three-color method of alerting you to our opinions. With each review, a graphic of a streetlight will appear. And even if you don't read it, you'll get the message.
is our recommendation shorthand!
As for what's playing overall, our Current Shows Highlights Page breaks shows down into genres to help you to find what you want and our Show Updates Page lets you know what is about to close or open. For a complete list of current and upcoming Chicago productions, we invite you go to chicagoplays.com, which has kindly allowed us to link their pages.
To see reviews, click on titles below.
Recommended (Green Light)
- A Shayna Maidel
- Arms and the Man
- Avenue Q
- Caroline, or Change
- Crumbs From the Table of Joy
- Curve of Departure
- The Dingdong, or How the French Kiss
- Frankenstein (Lifeline)
- Fun Harmless Warmachine
- The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
- Legally Blonde
- Little Foxes
- Little Shop of Horrors
- Madness of Edgar Allan Poe
- Nell Gwynn
- Not For Sale
- Radio Golf
- Second Skin
- Southern Gothic
- We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time
- White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Recommended (Yellow Light)
Just a word about why we have so many more green light shows than others:
I do most of the reviewing myself, and there are tons of possible shows I could see, so many that I could not possibly see them all. Why would I choose to see a show I'm unlikely to enjoy? Occasionally I'm wrong: thus yellow and red star reviews. But logic dictates that if I choose to see a show thinking I'll probably like it, I probably will.