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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 09 December 2013 07:00

The Year in Theatre, 2013: Community ProjectThe past three Decembers, theatre reviewer Thom White and I have wrapped up the Reader’s annual stage coverage with published conversations on the year, rife with opinions on local plays and musicals enjoyed (and sometimes not). But this time, we want to hear from you!

So this December, in lieu of another Thom-and-Mike chat, the River Cities’ Reader is planning to publish what local theatre-goers and theatre participants found memorable about our area’s 2013 stage scene. Your stipulations for sharing are:

1) Your contributions must come in at 100 words or fewer.

2) Your contributions can only be about stage works in which you were not personally involved. (For the artistic directors among you, this means sticking with shows that took place in venues other than your own.)

We’re hoping especially for contributions that suggest just how thrilling the stage can be – shows or performances or details or weird and wonderful accidents that made you go, “This is why I love theatre!” Allow Thom and I to offer two of our own.

Thom: “Among the theatrical elements that stick out in my mind from this past year is the wash of blood that poured over Lucy after the Count bit her in Ballet Quad Cities’ Dracula. While blood is to be expected in any representation of the story, the release of this thick ribbon of red was a shock – the climax of a sensual encounter between the two characters, and effectively disturbing for the sudden release of blood and the believability of its look. This frightful moment was truly a bit of theatrical magic.”

Mike: “I was at Countryside Community Theatre’s Les Misérables the night a storm knocked out the power in Eldridge, causing the performance, unfortunately, to be canceled after 25 minutes. But before everyone was sent home, the cast – with no functioning stage lights – took the stage for the rousing Act I closer ‘One Day More,’ and, as a parting gift, sang the absolute hell out of that thing, uniting actors, musicians, crew, and audience in a gloriously unplanned spectacle that earned an incredibly sincere, hugely deserved standing ovation. Canceled show or not, it was unforgettable theatre.”

Those are our fewer-than-100, but feel free to use your words to discuss several shows, or several individuals, or even something as specific as a single line reading that made you sit up and go, “Whoa.”

The deadline for inclusion in the Reader’s collaborative Year in Theatre project is Monday, December 16, at 5 p.m. Please send contributions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , with the subject heading “Year in Theatre,” and please include a daytime phone number.

A number of chosen selections will appear in the online version of the article, and from those, we’ll also choose a couple dozen or so to publish in the Reader’s December 26 print edition.

Below you’ll find, as a refresher, the 2013 titles for consideration. For our purposes, we’re defining “local theatre” as shows produced within a half-hour’s drive from Davenport, and we aren’t including touring productions that landed at Davenport’s Adler Theatre. We also haven’t listed shows that took place at area high schools or that were otherwise performed by pre-college students, but as those productions are essential to our thriving stage scene, too, they’re fair game for consideration!

I’ve done my best to be comprehensive, but if I’ve accidentally missed a title that should be considered, please send me an e-mail, or make mention of the show/venue in the comments section below, and I’ll have it included ASAP.

Many thanks, in advance, for your involvement! We’re psyched to hear what everyone has to say!

(Parenthetical dates included for the productions that have yet to open locally.)


Augustana College

The Bock Eye


A Green River (December 11 through 15)


The Vagina Monologues

Ballet Quad Cities

Ballet Under the Stars



Love Stories

The Nutcracker (December 14 and 15)

The Ugly Duckling

Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

A Fairy Tale Christmas (November 29 through December 28)

Hank Williams: Lost Highway

How I Became a Pirate

Menopause: The Musical

A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement

Southern Crossroads

Things My Mother Taught Me

Countryside Community Theatre

Les Misérables

District Theatre

12 Angry Men

The Agony & the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Avenue Q

A Christmas Carol (December 6 through 15)



Let’s Face the Music: A New Musical Revue

reasons to be pretty


The Rocky Horror Show

The Tempest

Genesius Guild

The Acharnians



The Magic Flute

New Ground Theatre

Crimes of the Heart

Other Desert Cities

Playwrights Festival: The Backfired Message, The Return, Saying Goodbye, Sole Problem

Playwrights Festival: 1706 Farnam, Leap Day, Potsdam, The Red Oven

A Walk in the Woods

Playcrafters Barn Theatre

Blues for an Alabama Sky

The Fox on the Fairway

Ghost of a Chance

The Miracle Worker


The Trouble with Cats

Prenzie Players


Bear Girl

Two Gentlemen of Verona (December 6 through 14)


QC Theatre Workshop


A Green River

How I Learned to Drive

Last Call: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim

Private Eyes

Quad City Music Guild

9 to 5: The Musical


A Christmas Survival Guide (December 5 through 8)

Peter Pan

Something’s Afoot

Richmond Hill Barn Theatre

100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy

The Curse of an Aching Heart: Or, Trapped in the Spider’s Web

Death of a Salesman

I Take This Man

Love Thy Neighbor

The Mousetrap

St. Ambrose University



Monty Python’s Spamalot

No Exit


Toy Camp (December 7 and 8)


Scott Community College

Blue Sky Merchants

The Elephant Man

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