by Laura Wetherbee
Different characters from all walks of life told the story of a small Midwestern town of Dublin, Mo. during Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC)’s recent production of “Book of Days,” written by Lanford Wilson.
The set crew did an amazing job of re-creating a Midwestern feel by building a large wooden frame of a barn interior with one wooden chair seated on each side and played Johnny Cash music throughout the show.
The play revolved around a cheese plant where many characters were employed or had family members who worked there.
The owner of the cheese plant was killed in a tornado accident and the town was left grieving over the loss of a friend, father, and husband.
There were many scandalous moments that took place on stage such as infidelity and numerous Woodstock references, however, the most scandalous occurs when accusations of murder arise regarding the death of the cheese plant owner.
Tempers flew from unhappy wives, irritated bookkeepers, and frustrated businessmen, but the overall message the play conveyed was the unity that a community possesses.
When anything big happened in Dublin, Mo. or someone new came around, everyone in town knew about it because there were no secrets there.
The cast did a great job expressing the many facets of life that exist in communities, and the crowd provided multiple laughs in response to witty, hot-tempered, and comical characters with attitudes.
The ending of the play leaves the viewer disheartened when the villain gets off scot-free, the other characters are left to pick up the pieces, and the sense of community has been dissolved among the characters.
Assistant Professor of Theatre James Phillips did an outstanding job directing the production and creating a great depiction of everyday people leading everyday lives in a small Midwestern community that they call home.