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.
There's an old-time slang term still in use around here: Dooper. The origin of this word is vague but its local definition is precise. Doopers are enthusiastic Oak Parkers who tirelessly promote and adore their beloved village's image and history.
It's been said that the true test of a Shakespeare troupe is not how it handles the best of the Bard's plays, but what it does with the least of them. I'm not saying The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a bad play. But it's an early effort that's rarely revived. This lesser-known comedy is usually considered to be William Shakespeare's first play, c. 1590, penned when he was in his mid-20s.
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.