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 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.
It's exciting to see the Concordia University students' production of award-winning playwright Dana Lynn Formsby's play "Until Death." The lively, energized new work is being presented at the Madison Street Theatre, 1010 W. Madison, in Oak Park.
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.