Doug Deuchler has been reviewing local theater and delving into our history for Wednesday Journal for decades. He is alsoa retired teacher and school librarian who is also a stand-up comic, tour guide/docent and author of several books about Oak Park and surrounding communities. Here's your chance to tap into Doug's knowledge of local theater, film and history.
I'll cut to the chase. I seldom mention the cost of tickets to a production although that information is always included with my review. But this time I shall call attention to it because I think it's such a good deal. Admission to the one-woman show Big Giant Love at Madison Street Theatre is just $15.
Establishing a solid reputation for cutting-edge drama that sharply focuses on contemporary issues, 16th Street Theater's current premiere production, The Hero's Wife, deals with the ways damaged men come home from war.
Oak Park Festival Theatre has joined forces with Open Door Theater to mount an exciting co-benefit production titled, Daughters of Ire. It's a thrilling solo show performed by the amazing and talented Savanna Rae, who also wrote the script. Rae presents the passionate stories of four high-spirited ancient Irish women, drawn from the mythological Ulster Cycle. The audience is pulled in immediately.
The award-winning tour in which costumed interpreters portray assorted "residents" of the 140-year-old Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park at their grave sites has been a very popular event for two decades.