During the 2Â½ decades I've been reviewing local theatrical productions, new companies sprang up like weeds while others withered away and died. I once saw shows produced by troupes with names like Delaney Theatre, Dainamite Studios, Act IV Productions, West Wind Theatre, and Oak Park Musical Theater, to name a few. River Forest Community Center, which used to be located in an old bus barn at Lake Street & Jackson Avenue (now the deli and produce department of the Jewel), mounted constant productions.
I can still picture the day WEDNESDAY JOURNAL was born. I saw Dan Haley hawking issues of the inaugural paper in a park. I knew Dan from high school and offered on the spot to write for his newspaper. He declined my offerâ€"probably because he knew me from high school.
What would make a busy, overworked mom of five take on an opinion column for WEDNESDAY JOURNAL? And what would make her continue for almost three years, even after being misunderstood and vilified for the things she had written?
Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors especially lends itself to radical new directorial concepts. I've heard of one inventive version of the play staged as a Star Trek take-off, another as a salute to old-time slapstick comedy with characters in the mode of Laurel and Hardy.
With works by the gallery's owner, Jay Boeldt, and two other former Harrison Street artists, Plan B Gallery officially opened its doors in Forest Park with a reception and display of photographs, enamel pieces and abstract paintings on June 17.