A group of students from Oak Park and River Forest High School looking to get more people involved in theater are gearing up for their first show next week — a comedy they wrote, acted and directed themselves.
If you've seen any TV commercials from the 1980s or early 90s, you've probably heard the voice of Cindy Fee. She was the voice behind the Hoover vacuum cleaner ("Nobody does it like you"). She told consumers to "get on your Pontiac and ride."
I continue urging people to "get on over to Open Door" to check out what's happening at this newest of local theater spaces, located on Ridgeland just south of Harrison in Oak Park. That was even before Open Door Repertory Company's current production, which is so joyful and dynamic you'd better act quickly.
What a thrill! The other night I was a member of the first-ever audience in Open Door Repertory Company's wonderful new theater at 902 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Oak Park. It's their first permanent home after 12 years of providing the community with memorable theater experiences. Many no doubt recall the troupe used to perform on the stage of the Hatch School auditorium, 20 blocks north on Ridgeland.
The Oak Park building's nondescript windows were covered by a tarp. The buzz of tools could be heard throughout the 73-seat theater. Workers were still finishing the staining and polishing of the wood on the stage. And the seats sat waiting to be cleaned. But after a long odyssey of displacement and building – and a whole lot of digging -- in just one week, the Open Door Repertory Company will start previews of its first show in its first permanent home.