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.
Engaging performances fill the new all-female production of William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Produced by the Saltbox Theatre Collective in the studio performance space at Madison Street Theatre and tightly directed by Brian Fruits, the show runs about 90 minutes without any intermissions. The lively action never drags.
Friendships are fascinating, especially those of long standing. Carroll Gardens, the world premiere comedy by A. Zell Williams at 16th Street Theater, focuses intensely on a decades-long relationship between two 30-year-old guys who became best friends when they were 10.
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.