The Rainmaker, the Tony-Nominated Romantic Comedy
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The last date listed for The Rainmaker was Sunday December 22, 2013 / 5:00pm.
Currently at Edgemar Center for the Arts
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The Tony Award winner for Best Play of 2013, Christopher Durang's hit Broadway satire skewers the… More
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_The Rainmaker won several StageSceneLA “Scenie” Awards in 2013, including: Production of the Year, Best Performance by a Lead Actress, Best Performance by a Lead Actor and Best Ensemble Cast Performance.
“Unless you see the current production at the Edgemar Center, you’ve simply never seen this play. In a definitive staging, director Jack Heller smooths over the piece’s limitations and crafts a striking, specific portrait of a bygone time.” —Los Angeles Times (Critic’s Choice)
"The Rainmaker hasn’t lost an iota of its humor, charm, and broad audience appeal since its 1954 debut. It’s that rarity, a comedy classic that conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats can find themselves cheering with identical whoops and hollers." -StageSceneLA
“Director Jack Heller has done an amazing task in assembling this talented cast of actors… [A] very delicious production which would have made playwright N. Richard Nash proud.” -LA Splash109/ron-gilbert-reviews-the-rainmaker-a-theatrical-production.php
“All the players are ablaze in this terrific version of N. Richard Nash’s classic play … but, bottom line, the play belongs to Tanna Frederick, and Meryl Streep couldn’t do it better.” —cynthiacitron.com
Set in a drought-ridden rural town in the West in Depression-era America, the play tells the story of a pivotal hot summer day in the life of spinsterish Lizzie Curry. Lizzie keeps house for her father and two brothers on the family cattle ranch. She has just returned from a trip to visit pseudo-cousins (all male), which was undertaken with the failed expectation that she would find a husband. As their farm languishes under the devastating drought, Lizzie’s family worries about her marriage prospects more than about their dying cattle. A charming confidence trickster named Starbuck arrives and promises to bring rain in exchange for $100…..