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 did not see Jeanette Andrews' show last year at Pleasant Home, which was completely sold out for most of the run. But the other night I attended her latest thrilling program of magic and illusion, (IN)VISIBLE. Let me just say, this is quite a unique entertainment experience, a one-of-a-kind evening, to be sure.
The latest offering, The Book Club Play, at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, is not the troupe's typically edgy drama, thrusting the audience into intense, cutting-edge social issues. The current production is an entertaining comedy about the politics and personalities that cause friction within a long-established book club.
There are many folks in this community who often attend the high school musical even though their kids graduated from OPRF High School years ago or even though they never even had any kids at the school. These shows have always been a huge draw. The productions are so impressively mounted that audiences find them to be affordable and irresistibly enjoyable.
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.