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.
Open Door Repertory Theater's world premiere of improv actress and comedienne Mary Olivieri's one-woman show, Sex is Painful ... and Other Lessons My Mother Taught Me, played to an enthusiastic full house, May 7, which gave her performance a standing ovation.
The Artists of Concordia Theatre have mounted an outrageous, hilarious, and thoroughly enjoyable production of Monty Python's Spamalot. This hugely irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend gets sillier and sillier as the show progresses.
Elaine Romero's brave, crisp drama, Graveyard of Empires, is having its premiere as part of 16th Street Theater's eighth season, showcasing the theme "Fathers Daughters Mothers Sons." This is the first installment of the playwright's trilogy, "The U.S. at War." The tightly directed new work, which runs 90 minutes without an intermission, features powerful performances in overlapping plot lines that flow through space (Las Vegas, Washington D. C., and Afghanistan) and memory. The production has been Jeff Nominated.
If you need a lift and simultaneously would enjoy feeling great about our community, head on over to Oak Park and River Forest High School this weekend and witness the splashy old-fashioned musical Anything Goes. You'll find invigorating, escapist entertainment that was designed to uplift Depression-weary audiences, but its many charms also work for those trapped in a seemingly endless winter.
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.