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.
If you've never experienced the big winter musical at Oak Park & River Forest High School, three performances remain of Mary Poppins this weekend. The dazzling, colorful production is amazing in many wonderful ways. The student talent on display is top-notch. It's a worthwhile experience for all ages.
There's a top-notch production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley mounted by Concordia University at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 Madison St., in Oak Park.
The Saltbox Theatre Collective continues its second season at Madison Street Theater, 1010 Madison St., with an episodic romantic comedy by John Cariani called Almost, Maine. This playful, unpredictable midwinter night's dream features 19 actors in a collection of nine different scenes. All of the segments seem to be happening about the same time on a Friday evening in a fictional small town in northern Maine.
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.