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.
I'd forgotten what great fun Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest can be when it's performed well. Oak Park Festival Theatre's new production of the 1895 comedy classic is a treasure, easily accessible for modern audiences while lampooning Late Victorian society where wealth and appearances were all that mattered.
Ann Marohn gave the very first tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio on Saturday, July 17, 1974. And she'll be giving the first special tour at 5 p.m. on July 17 to kickoff the Wright Trust's 40th Anniversary Open House.
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.