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.
In addition to offering all-new seating in their auditorium, Berwyn's 16th Street Theater has currently opened a powerful three-part play called Harbur Gate. It's the Midwest premiere of a bold, stirring, military story by Kathleen Cahill that contains both humor and tragedy. This powerful work dramatizes three different pairs of American veterans fighting in Iraq in the last decade.
In my 35 years as Wednesday Journal's theater reviewer, I've seen a number of Shakespeare's plays multiple times. I think I've been to four productions of The Tempest and perhaps five of Hamlet and Macbeth. But until last weekend I had never seen The Winter's Tale. It's a late work by the Bard, part tragedy and part comedy, and not often performed.
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.