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 keep running into people who enjoy theater yet have never experienced the fine work produced at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. Their current world premiere of Rohina Malik's outstanding Yasmina's Necklace grabs you from its first moments. This play, tightly directed by Ann Filmer, is the first in their ninth season, which focuses on the theme of loyalty. With this show the issue is family loyalty.
It's always exciting to see the work of new theater groups. Surging Films & Theatrics is especially attention-grabbing with their hilarious new production of The 39 Nine Steps at Madison Street Theater.
I'll admit the title of this show works my nerves. It's an editor's nightmare because it seems like the actual title has somehow been omitted or misplaced. [Title of Show], however, is a delightful evening. It's the perfect stripped-down, bare-bones musical for the cozy Open Door Theater performance space. The only significant technical demands are four mismatched chairs and a keyboard.
The Saltbox Theatre Collective's new production of Talking With is a fascinating evening of 11 often-bittersweet portraits of women of various ages. Many of them have reacted to disappointments and life's challenges by melting into private worlds.
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.
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