Sunday night my husband and I were fortunate to get a night out in downtown Denton.  We went to Andaman for an always great dinner, then walked across the street to see "paper backs" at the Black Box Theater.  This fascinating play depicts the relationship between an artist and a writer who live together.

I've seen a couple of productions at the Black Box and fully expected the traditional theater experience of sitting in chairs on risers opposite of the stage.  The minute I walked into the space for "paper backs" I knew that the experience would be different.  The audience sat close to the action, on either side of the space shared by the actors.  So not only did the chairs feel like they were in the same small apartment, the audience could also look across and see the other audience members watching.  It was all at once uncomfortable and familiar as the actors begin with the unpacking of books and playful banter.  Uncomfortable because of the proximity to the actors, yet familiar because of the dialogue between the couple as they navigated the sharing of space and emotions.

The performance lasted an hour, but what a beautiful and intense hour it was!  The set was refreshingly simple.  The actors, Jerome Beck and Lindsey Hall, played their parts confidently and honestly.  The lighting successfully pulled the viewers back and forth, brightening and softening at just the right times.  We were glad for the experience and highly recommend that lovers of the arts go see it while they still can!

Now playing: January 23 - 26 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Presented by Sundown Collaborative Theatre, a non-profit based in Denton in its 6th season.