Book of Days: The idiomatic voice of Lanford Wilson buoys "Book of Days," receiving its local premiere by Theatre Tribe in North Hollywood. This 1998 seriocomic reverie on America's religious-political devolution is a riveting achievement. "Book" has been likened to the works of Thornton Wilder in its direct address, vivid imagery and bucolic darkness. But Wilson's choral techniques, ripe wit and murder-mystery trappings form their own enthralling animal. His cast is seamless, with Mary Thornton's Ruth and Nathan Brooks Burgess' Len focusing a wholly invested troupe.
-- David C. Nichols
Ends Saturday at the Theatre Tribe Studio Theatre, 5267 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. (818) 754-2662.