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The Rainmaker

From 3 critic and 35 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny

About the show

Blackfriars Repertory and the Storm Theatre Company present this iconic drama, set in the American West of the 1930s, about a charming stranger who brings hope to a drought-stricken town and lonely spinster. More…

A stage classic by N. Richard Nash from the golden age of American theater, 'The Rainmaker' is a deeply romantic fable of love, longing, hope, and fulfillment.


"A model of an effective well-made play. Exposition, character delineation and plot are all imparted with engaging precision...The soul of the production is Ken Trammell’s understated performance as Mr. Curry who erupts with feeling when worried about his daughter...Director Peter Dobbins’ masterful pacing is leisurely with appropriate force...This enchanting production demonstrates 'The Rainmaker’s' enduring resonance." Full Review


“A well made play, performed by a stellar cast...An enduring classic...At times heartbreaking and in other moments completely hilarious...Dobbins has ensured the perfect pace and never ‘gilds the lily’ with too much sentimentality. He keeps the characters real and grounded as they struggle with their life challenges...He is a master of crafting believable moments and a rich emotional landscape...His expert hand was evident in every cadence and confrontation.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"It’s a production that will satisfy, and perhaps delight, those who appreciate classic American theater and those who want to experience the best of the Golden Age of Broadway...In this mounting, the production doesn’t so much play for levity as it does for the more serious side of the piece. In directing the competent cast with sobriety, Dobbins misaligns the balance needed for a successful end-game, thereby missing opportunities to elevate the overall tone of the text." Full Review

Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if Title character is an amazing actor-dancer

Don't see it if Can’t imagine

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You like O'Neill or Tennessee Williams plays. The acting was wonderful and the story is very engaging and sad at the same time.

Don't see it if If you don't like sad stories or stories.

Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see an excellent version of this play. It was wonderful to see the play. I had only seen the movie.

Don't see it if You need to see big Broadway Productions. This is more intimate.

Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You like play with great acting with a wonderful story from 1920s. Some of the things still relavant today. Finding love, family problems

Don't see it if You like contemporary theatre, if you are feminist, do not like family drama.

Also What an amazing cast. 2.5 hours passed so quickly. It is a must see pl... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like plays about family dynamics

Don't see it if you dont like plays about southern life

Delightful, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You want to see a charming rom-com, set at a luxurious pace, that'll leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

Don't see it if You haven't the patience for a slow burn of a show, or are turned off by Southern accents.

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if you have never seen this classic drama about taking a chances and discovering that we need to be our own rainmakers to live our dreams.

Don't see it if you are not up for an intimate play set in the American West and dealing with love and longing, drought and dreams, hope and happiness.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy drama with humor and pathos & are happy to go off-Broadway. The actors were superb!

Don't see it if You are not a fan of drama set in 1928 & lack the imagination to believe against all odds.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Profound, Great staging

See it if Like a Midwestern play where a swindler, comes into your family, and turn you life up side down.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical, or maybe you don't like people taking advantage of other people.

Ambitious, Quirky, Dated

See it if you like a good story

Don't see it if you need better acting

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Dated, Mixed messages leave you thinking

See it if You want to consider women's economic dependency and tradeoffs between companionship, compatability mutual affect & respect.

Don't see it if You want something light. This has moments of levity but overall it paints a sad story about how deep sexism is in American culture.

Delightful, Romantic, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you’re into expert playwrighting. Script is a well-crafted character & conflict machine. Deserves its classic status.

Don't see it if you’ve no patience for the introvert’s dilemma, plays that uphold status quo re marriageability, or Romanticism over Rationalism

Also Sort of like a dustbowl Cinderella. Totally enjoyable even as you perc... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like well written shows with very good acting in an intimate setting...

Don't see it if you are looking for a big budget show with lots of sets and costumes...

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you'd like a well acted and staged classic American play and like to see plays in intimate spaces.

Don't see it if you'd prefer the musical version

A well done play with 2 good actors.

See it if You like a good drama with some interesting characters.

Don't see it if You like comedies and musicals.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if you'll enjoy seeing an important American play, which is fairly well acted.

Don't see it if ..you don't like period dramas.

Also This is one of my favorite plays, so I was really looking forward to i... Read more Read less

Great acting, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you would enjoy a well crafted, well acted throwback show but with gender types that are a little musty.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that are as up to date as Kansas City.


See it if Starts dry but brews a little storm of self awareness, facing bleak reality, and self esteem. The con brings new life to a dry, stuck family

Don't see it if Problematic premise is based on women not having worth without a husband or someone not being coupled up.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if It was incredibly well cast. Character development is paramount to telling this story of hope and love. The actors were excellent!

Don't see it if If you want to see a musical.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great actors bringing a classic back to life. This play was very entertaining & charming. Put many smiles on my face.

Don't see it if You are only interested in musicals

Also Kudos to the Producer & Director!

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Always great too see some of the oldies at a small intimate site where all of the actors an flourish. Simple but great set (black box)

Don't see it if It appears that the smallest role has been replaced but clever use of the clipboard does great for the role..

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see a classic play with a great cast.

Don't see it if You're not interested in a classic play.

During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Classic

See it if See great acting, good classic.

Don't see it if Don't like classic, and some old idea thinking about women.

Also All the cast did excellent job. Sean Cleary was so charming and funny ... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You want to see a drama from the 1930's that will entertain and have you laughing. You want to see some enjoyable characters.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a drama set in the West in the 1930's. You want to miss out on a great show.

Also I enjoyed this play. I enjoyed the costumes and the set. I think the p... Read more Read less

During previews
Well executed

See it if you want to enjoy a really well constructed play, nicely staged with a solid cast - especially actor playing File. Lizzy was very good too.

Don't see it if You can't handle a pretty dated anti-feminist theme. The play still worked for me but some might find it offensive.

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