green light recs: how we reveal recommendations
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, along with traditional stars. 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.
And for those who feel the desperately need stars:
Currently Recommended (Green Light) Shows
- Anna Karenina ★★★
- Boy ★★★★
- Cabaret ★★★★
- Cyrano ★★★★
- Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea ★★★★
- Hamilton ★★★★
- Hatfield & McCoy ★★★½
- The Madwoman of Chaillot ★★★
- Merrily We Roll Along ★★★
- Moon For the Misbegotten ★★★½
- Ragtime ★★★★
- Rose ★★★★
- Southern Gothic ★★★★
- Through the Elevated Line ★★★
- Time Is On Our Side ★★★
- The Wolves ★★★★
- Yank! ★★★½
Currently Playing Yellow Light Shows
While there are plenty of shows in this category out there, we have only a limited number of shows to see and we have been fortunate not to run into many of them. Rest assured, we'll let you know as we do. For a discussion of why most shows here will always be greenlighted, see this musing.
Currently Playing Red Light Shows
While there are plenty of shows in this category out there, we have only a limited number of shows to see and we have been fortunate not to run into many of them. Rest assured, we'll let you know as we do.
Scheduled To Be Reviewed
- Dontrelle, Who Kissed the Sea (Den Theatre)
- Picture of Dorian Gray (City Lit Theatre)
- Sweeney Todd (Theo Ubique)
- Time Is On Our Side (Theatre Wit)
- Cyrano (Boho Theatre)
- The Green Book (Chicago Dramatists)
- Through the Elevated Line (Silk Road Rising)
- Kingdom (Den Theatre)
- Hang Man (The Gift Theatre)
- You For Me For You (Victory Gardens)
- Women Laughing Alone With Salad (Theatre Wit)
- How I Learned to Drive (The Artistic Home)
- The Merchant on Venice (Greenhouse)
- The Spitfire Grill (Refuge Theatre)
- Enemy of the People (Goodman)
- The Doppelganger (Steppenwolf)
- Songs for a New World
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