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.
Oak Park Festival Theatre's energetic new production of Shakespeare's Macbeth is set in medieval Scotland, yet we can relate to the damaging effects of both excessive pride and ruthless political ambition.
Any performance you see of the new improv production, The Real Housewives of Oak Park at Open Door Theater will be different. That's because improvisational theater is usually a type of comedy where much of what happens on stage is unplanned or unscripted.
The play moves quickly, cinematically, with lots of locations and many unforgettable characters. Into the Beautiful North is filled with humor and warmth. With its all-Latino cast of eight, this lively, quirky show is a whole lot of fun.
As I so often say, we are extremely fortunate in this community to have high-quality college productions performed in our midst. If you've never seen The Fantasticks before, or you've not experienced it in a number of years, there's an engaging production of the classic Off Broadway musical currently being presented by The Collective of the Department of Theater, Concordia University Chicago.
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.