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: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

The Music Man/Goodman/July 9

The Adventures of Augie March/Court Theatre/May 18

Ms. Blakk for President/Steppenwolf/June 3

Movies, Marvel & More/Gene Siskel Film Center Gala/June 15

Come From Away/Broadway In Chicago/July 31

Sweat/Goodman Theatre/March 18

Miracle/Royal George/May 17

The Winter’s Tale/Goodman Theatre/May 13

Beethoven Symphony No. 8/Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus/June 15

Pat Bianchi Quartet/Jazz Showcase/July 28

Chicagoland Shorts Vol. 5/Museum of Contemporary Art/May 16

Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert/Lyric Opera/March 23

Dvorak Symphony No. 7/Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus/July 26