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.
It's that thrilling time again, when Oak Park & River Forest High School mounts their massive annual musical. This year's production is the lively, feel-good hit that won eight Tony Awards on Broadway in 2002, including Best Musical: Hairspray.
It's exciting whenever Open Door Theater mounts a dramatic production. Their latest, The Pavilion is about the strained confrontation between two former high school sweethearts at their 20th class reunion, smoothly directed by Jason Gerace.
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.