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, 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
- Avenue Q ★★★★
- The Dingdong, or How the French Kiss ★★★
- Frankenstein (Lifeline) ★★★
- The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? ★★★
- Hamilton ★★★★
- Haymarket ★★★½
- Heartbreak Hotel ★★★
- Homos or Everyone In America ★★★½
- Legally Blonde ★★★★
- Man of La Mancha ★★★★
- Nightmares and Nightcaps ★★★½
- Radio Golf ★★★★
- Scraps ★★★
- Southern Gothic ★★★★
- Vietgone ★★★★
Scheduled To Be Reviewed
- Legally Blonde
- The Goat or Where Is Sylvia?
- Man of La Mancha
- Radio Golf
- Little Shop of Horrors
- DingDong or How the French Kiss
- Curve of Departure
- Arms and the Man
- The Artificial Jungle
- We're Only Alive for a Short Time
- Caroline, or Change
- Nell Gwynne
- White Rabbit Red Rabbit