Love, Loss, and Longing at The Open Book

By Daniel Skora The organismal state, characterized by a capacity for metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and reproduction, when exposed to substantive verities which are both unpleasant and repellant in their realization, create in their manifestation cognitive susceptibilities which serve to undermine feelings of euphoria in their host. Put more simply, life sucks. The above … More Love, Loss, and Longing at The Open Book

“Good People” make for Good Friends at Open Book

By Daniel Skora There are any number of large themes running through David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about a middle-aged woman from South Boston’s Lower End who’s been down-on her luck for so long it’s become hard for her to imagine there are any paths left that lead upward. Some of those deal with class, race, and … More “Good People” make for Good Friends at Open Book

Meeting of the Minds Plays Out at Open Book

By Daniel Skora Who better to choose for your subjects if you’re dealing with the seemingly contradictory disciplines of science and the arts than Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. They were contemporaries who reached the pinnacle of success in their respective professions during the 20th Century. The Open Book Theatre is currently presenting “Picasso at … More Meeting of the Minds Plays Out at Open Book

“Boy Gets Girl” Gets Frightening at Open Book

By Daniel Skora With a title like “Boy Gets Girl”, you might assume that the show you were about to see had a good chance of being a romantic comedy. But “Boy Gets Girl”, the current presentation of the Open Book Theatre Company is anything but. The play, by Rebecca Gilman, opens innocently enough with … More “Boy Gets Girl” Gets Frightening at Open Book

Peter Pan’s Formative Years Come to Life at the Open Book

By Daniel Skora The Open Book Theatre Company is now the newest professional theatre in the Downriver area, beginning its third season in their new home in Trenton. The black box theatre located at 1621 West Road seats eighty and occupies a space that was once two separate storefronts. The first production in their new … More Peter Pan’s Formative Years Come to Life at the Open Book

Two Sisters Haunted by Their Past at the Open Book

By Daniel Skora We are defined by our stories. Libraries are filled with books that tell true stories, made up stories, and made-up stories based on true stories. Even the books in the reference sections tell their own kind of stories, about how numbers work, the universe functions, and life around us evolves. Some stories … More Two Sisters Haunted by Their Past at the Open Book

Love Trio, Vonnegut Style, at Open Book

By Daniel Skora They were the authors whose books came to define the ideals of a generation. Hermann Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”. Carlos Castaneda’s “The Teachings of Don Juan”. Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. Richard Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America”. But as widely read as these authors were on college campuses of the … More Love Trio, Vonnegut Style, at Open Book