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.
In my 35 years as Wednesday Journal's theater reviewer, I've seen a number of Shakespeare's plays multiple times. I think I've been to four productions of The Tempest and perhaps five of Hamlet and Macbeth. But until last weekend I had never seen The Winter's Tale. It's a late work by the Bard, part tragedy and part comedy, and not often performed.
I knew no one in the large BRAVO production of The Little Mermaid Jr. at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in my neighborhood, yet this was one of the most thrilling, joyous and enjoyable student shows I've ever seen.
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.