It’s rare that there’s a local production that spurs revisited thought, let alone a revisited viewing for me. While I enjoyed The Green Room Theatre’s “Assassins” twice, it was that great, there are few other shows produced in the Quad Cities that leave a lasting impression on my mind. In fact, I can count them on one hand.
First, there’s Quad City Music Guild’s “Jekyll & Hyde” from a few summers back. It’s still talked about. And, when reviewing QCMG shows now, I find myself setting the standard for QCMG productions at the level of “Jekyll & Hyde”, a level that’s tough to reach. It was that fantastic.
Second for me would be “Assassins” at The Green Room Theatre, staged this summer. It was so exceptional, I saw it twice. And, it demanded an extended performance, it was so well received. That’s great, because it’s great material.
Also in the mix for me is “Life’s a Dream”, staged by The Prenzie Players. The language was exquisite, the setting perfect. And, while the nudity was notable, it was not defining. The Prenzie Players’ production stands on its own as truly great.
And finally, “The Full Monty” at Circa 21. It’s the only one on my list (so far) that you can still see here in the Quad Cities. While I think the show itself has its weaknesses (like a few dull melodies and some uninspired lyrics), Circa’s production of the show is rip-roaring delightful. I count it as a “must not miss” production. Circa amazed, delighted and tickled me to pieces with “The Full Monty”. While I don’t want to plug one theater over another, I can’t urge you enough to catch this show before it’s final curtain drops. It deserves your attention and your patronage. And, it may be the second Quad Cities production I see a second time. It’s that good.