William A. Glass
GENRE: Family drama
Cindy and Dave Knight got married too young. Several years later they are trying to make the best of it. He is a salesman on the fast track with a prestigious corporation. She is the indispensable assistant to a prominent Broadway producer. They own an apartment in Manhattan and enjoy knocking around the city together. However, Dave's erratic behavior and career obsession strain the relationship. Can it be saved?
As Dave waits to be seated, Susan comes up behind him. “Hey, there,” she says. Dave turns to look directly into her hazel eyes. He’d forgotten how tall she is.
“Sorry I’m late.”
“No worries, just got here myself.”
The hostess beckons, so Dave takes Susan’s hand and they follow. Once they’re seated and have each ordered a drink, Susan looks across the table. “You truly are a naughty boy now, aren’t you?”
“Guess so,” Dave admits.
“How did you get my number?”
“Out of Cindy’s address book.”
Susan shakes her head disapprovingly. “Do you have any morals at all?”
“Well, I try to be upfront about things. What you see is what you get.”
“What I see looking into your eyes right now isn’t good.” Susan peers intently. “It’s crazy in there!”
“We may have overdone it a bit during the Sixties,” Dave allows.
“Oh, really? I missed all that. Did you take LSD?”
“What did you get out of it?”
“I learned what’s important in life.”
“And what’s that?”
“Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.”
Susan frowns. “I don’t see that first bit in our future.”
“Sorry to hear that.” Dave reaches for his beer.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina. She teaches high school German while Bill is the soccer coach at a small college. Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. Now Bill and Bettina enjoy long walks with their dog, Scout. When the weather permits, Bill commutes on his motorcycle. “It’s like taking a roller coaster to work!” he enthuses.
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3.75 out of 5 stars
Off Broadway: A Marriage Drama by William A. Glass details a tumultuous episode in the life of Dave Knight, a man who is driven to succeed, but doesn’t always achieve the goals he thinks he wants. His various relationships have their challenges and their successes, but Dave refuses to be pigeonholed and is determined to remain true to himself.
This drama for adults provides an intriguing look at an era when the sales force was predominantly male, smoking prevailed, and the “good ole boy” network was very much present. It’s initially difficult to sympathize with Dave, given the outrageous stunts he pulls without repercussions. I admire his work ethic and his ability to facilitate bargain-making, but certain developments were distasteful to me and reflected poorly on his character, although learning about his dysfunctional family does explain some things. I was a little surprised that there isn’t much focus on the marriage or off-broadway, given the title, but those two items do surface in the course of the story.
The story meanders a bit and the pacing is uneven, but it gives intriguing glimpses of the machinations to put product in front of consumers. The twists and turns of Dave’s life include many disappointments and betrayals, but he finds a way to live with himself, and is constantly trying to improve, so I can’t help but cheer for him and sympathize when things don’t go so well. I suspect there are more adventures in store for this man, and those who are curious about life in the latter half of the twentieth century will enjoy following him on his journey.
A copy of this title was provided for review