We don't usually review student productions in these pages but the current show running at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Fiddler on the Roof, is so well done I must bring it to your attention. And there's still a weekend left to see it.
The new production at 16th Street Theater, Do-Gooder, is a perfect example of what this intrepid company does best: It's an edgy, urban drama with a fascinating social message yet it never comes across as preachy or didactic.
The holiday season 50 years ago started as a very solemn time. President John F. Kennedy's assassination a month earlier numbed the nation and somewhat darkened what should have been a joy-filled celebration.
Local writer Lee Brooke is nothing if not prolific. The author of 20 self-published books over the last three decades has now assembled a delightful assortment of personal reflections titled, Zig-Zagging Through Life: Light-Hearted Recollections, which is selling for $10 at The Book Table.
We don't routinely review student shows in these pages but the Artists of Concordia Theatre (ACT) production of the satiric Greek sex comedy Lysistrata looked promising — definitely something a bit different. So I attended the opening.
When people look at old images of the building, they usually comment that it looks so picturesque "just like a castle." Another frequent response: "What a shame we were not more architecturally sensitive" in the early 1960s when "that lovely, massive Romanesque structure fell to the wrecking ball." They are referring to the stately, elegant structure known as the Scoville Institute, Oak Park's first library.
I've seen a lot of productions at 16th Street Theater in Berwyn the past couple of years, but their latest one, Broken Fences, is definitely one of the best. I wish everyone could experience this touching, insightful play. Though it's not a comedy, it's often very funny.
Frankly, I feel a little weird writing about my new book, Legendary Locals of Oak Park, just released by Arcadia Publications. Chatting about my work in these pages is obviously self-serving, but it wasn't my idea.