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 felt totally unprepared to see Surging Films & Theatrics' new production of the Broadway musical Big Fish at Madison Street Theater. I had never seen the visually flamboyant Tim Burton 2003 movie, nor had I read the 1998 novel of magical realism by Daniel Webster upon which it was based. At the very least I would not end up tuning in to the Republican convention and Trump's acceptance speech.
When I arrived at the high school, I was promptly escorted to the student rehearsal already in progress. Sixty-some students were on stage running through a very lively dance number from OPRF's "summer musical," Legally Blonde. The show opens this Friday night.
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.