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Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 95 members
Review from jane
Red Velvet 235 events 95 reviews

This was one of the best plays i've seen through goldstar and i've been to over 100. the cast was excellent w/o exception. the sets were wonderful, especially for a small theater. overall, just great. i would recommend this play to anyone w/o...continued

reviewed Oct 19 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Jim
Red Velvet 495 events 94 reviews

If you think you’ve seen this play before, you’re deluding yourself. You haven’t really seen it until you witness this magnetic performance.

reviewed Feb 07 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Ed West
Red Velvet 92 events 57 reviews

A wonderfully written play very well acted. For whatever reason some of the dialog was lost. It is possible because of the accents needed, since it takes place in central, rural America. Overall a very good experience.

reviewed Jun 07 2013 report as inappropriate
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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 Splash
“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.” —


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…..

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