Wherein I attempt to rank every show I’ve seen this year, a running list as the year unfolds, regardless of genre (theater, music, dance, art). Note, the company I keep is not a factor, though it often redeems the lesser of such evenings. If I’ve written about them, links are provided. If I published a review, it is linked.

Previous Years: 2012 2011 2010

Simpatico/A Red Orchid/July 11

Head of Passes/Steppenwolf/April 13

Smokefall/Goodman/October 14

George Saunders and Adam Levin/Lincoln Hall/January 8

Measure for Measure/Goodman Theatre/March 17

Hank Williams: Lost Highway/American Blues Theater/September 20

La Bayadère: The Temple Dancer/Joffrey Ballet/October 16

Goshka Macuga, Exhibit, A/MCA/March 23

Fall Series/Hubbard Street Dance/October 10

Pullman Porter Blues/Goodman Theatre/September 26

To Master the Art/Chicago Commercial Collective/September 17

Spring Series/Hubbard Street + Alonzo King Lines Ballet/March 15

R.H. Quaytman: Passing Through The Opposite of What It Approaches, Chapter 25/Renaissance Society/January 6

La Bohème/Lyric Opera/March 12

Other Desert Cities/Goodman Theatre/January 20

Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus/MCA/March 23

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac/MCA/January 10

Inner Voices/Piccolo Teatro di Milano-Chicago Shakespeare/June 25

Collected Stories/American Blues Theater/April 25

Oklahoma!/Lyric Opera/May 4

Alexander Nevsky/Grant Park Orchestra/June 15

The Mountaintop/Court Theatre/September 14

The Jungle Book/Goodman Theatre/June 30

Thom Pain (based on nothing)/Theater Wit/July 2

The Happiest Song Plays Last/Goodman Theatre/April 21

The Misanthrope/Court Theatre/May 18

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story/Broadway In Chicago/June 19

Once/Broadway In Chicago/October 9

A Christmas Carol/Goodman Theatre/November 24

Million Dollar Quartet/Apollo Theater/September 22

Tribes/Steppenwolf/December 12

The Motherf**ker With The Hat/Steppenwolf/January 10

The Wheel/Steppenwolf/September 24

Big Lake Big City/Lookingglass/June 29

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark/Goodman Theatre/May 5

Marie Chouinard “IN MUSEUM”/MCA March 23

Julius Caesar/Chicago Shakespeare/February 13

Too Many Husbands/American Players Theatre/July 19

Catch Me If You Can/Broadway In Chicago/April 3

The Walk/School of the Art Institute of Chicago/May 3

Flashdance/Broadway In Chicago/August 6

Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White/MCA/March 23

Cyrano de Bergerac/Chicago Shakespeare/October 2

Belleville/Steppenwolf/July 6

The Merry Wives of Windsor/Chicago Shakespeare/December 11

Skylight/Court Theatre/January 19