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're not a Jane Austen fan, don't be scared away. The current production of Austen's 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility playing at the Little Theater of Oak Park and River Forest High School for one more weekend is not some stuffy BBC drawing room melodrama.
There's an exciting new theater group in the community called SWAG (Suburban West Actors Guild). Their first full production is the rousing celebration of roots, culture, and family, Fiddler on the Roof, which is now 52 years old.
The Collective, the production branch of Concordia University's drama department, has just premiered a riotously funny yet deeply thoughtful production. The play is by Will Dunne, a well-known playwright lately affiliated with Chicago Dramatists.
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.