The Rainmaker
Closed 2h 30m
The Rainmaker
85

The Rainmaker NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(36 Reviews)
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100%
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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.

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Member Reviews (36)

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80
Entertaining, Great writing, Romantic, Delightful

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 Read more

70
Absorbing

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. Read more

95
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, 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.

78
Absorbing, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Intelligent

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. Read more

84
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

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.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great writing, Fluffy, Romantic

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.

78
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.

80
Mixed messages leave you thinking, Great acting, Absorbing, Dated, Thought-provoking

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.

Critic Reviews (3)

TheaterScene.net
May 7th, 2018

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
May 7th, 2018

"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."
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StageBiz.com
May 6th, 2018

“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.”
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