Book of Days

Rated 4.0

Traditionally, a book of days lists saints’ days, special prayers and reminders of religious obligation. Lanford Wilson uses it to compress a season or two of a town’s life into two acts. In red-state Missouri, a small-town bookkeeper takes on the role of Joan in a local production of Shaw’s Saint Joan and it leads her to disrupt the lies that keep the town running smoothly (if dishonestly). Highlights of the River Stage production include a versatile set, Lynn Baker as Ruth, the actress-turned-Cassandra, and Dan Featherton as a slimy small-town lawyer.
River Stage; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $16-$18, 8401 Center Parkway at Cosumnes River College; (916) 691-7364; Through October 21.