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.
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.
'It's a rather challenging process," explains veteran actress Marie Goodkin. "As I prepare for any role, I'm usually really tied to the text. But this time, there is no one else to play off or connect with in the scene. It's thrilling, but preparing a monologue like this one is definitely different from the usual routine. In this play there is no single connecting plot and none of the actors interact with one another."
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.