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“Best Show in Town”
Nicholas Johnson
FromDC2Iowa [source]
December 19, 2009

Iowa City’s recognized as a “City of Literature.”

It’s also a “City of Theater,” companies and venues — City Circle, Community Theater, Dreamwell, Englert, Hancher, Riverside, University Theater, and our three high schools, City, Tate and West.

In many ways one of the most innovative and interesting is “Combined Efforts Community Theater.”

The theater is a creative idea of Janet Schlapkohl that lives up to its name. She’s the gifted playwright and director. The actors and support staff are volunteers from throughout the community, with and without special needs, of all ages, from a range of grade and high schools (including recent graduates) — using City High’s Little Theater, generously provided as a venue.

Their winter performance is an adaptation of the Scrooge story: “A Carol for Our Time,” with Alec Grubbe as Scrooge.

In addition to the quality of the show, and the moving way in which those with and without special needs support each other, at $5.00 it’s Iowa City’s best entertainment bargain this evening.

Understandably, it’s enjoyed sell-out crowds . . ..

There are a number of reasons why Iowa City is often ranked as one of the best American cities for quality of life. “Combined Efforts Community Theater” is yet one more very powerful example.

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