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: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Doris Salcedo/MCA/May 24

The Herd/Steppenwolf/April 14

An Evening with Kurt Elling/Grant Park Music Festival/August 12

The Secret Garden/Court Theatre/May 30

Grupo Corpo/Auditorium Theatre/February 28

This is Modern Art (Based on True Events)/Steppenwolf for Young Adults/February 28

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical/Broadway In Chicago/December 2

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan/Broadway In Chicago/June 17

Pilgrim’s Progress/A Red Orchid Theatre/November 19

Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art/Seattle Asian Art Museum/December 23

A Streetcar Named Desire/American Players Theatre/July 17

Soul Brother Where Art Thou?/Second City e.t.c./April 23

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder/Broadway In Chicago/September 30

Carousel/Lyric Opera/April 11

Buster Keaton Goes to Bollywood/CIMMfest/April 18

The Mecca Tales/Chicago Dramatists/March 13

Never the Sinner/Victory Gardens/November 13

The Island/American Players Theatre/July 18

Summer Series/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago/June 11

Spring Series/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago/March 12

Mother Road/Goodman New Stages/November 14

New Works/Joffrey Ballet/April 22

Domesticated/Steppenwolf/December 12

Pippin/Broadway In Chicago/July 29

East of Eden/Steppenwolf/September 29

Stop. Reset./Goodman Theatre/June 1

Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu/Second City/December 30

The Upstairs Concierge/Goodman Theatre/April 5

Rapture, Blister, Burn/Goodman Theatre/January 25

The BlackWhite Love Play (The Story of Chaz & Roger Ebert)/Black Ensemble Theater/October 4

First Wives Club/Broadway In Chicago/March 11

Gotta Dance/Broadway In Chicago/December 28

Unspeakable: A Dramatic Fantasia/Broadway Playhouse/October 13