Friday, May 27, 2011

"Three Days of Rain" Comes Home

Kevin Rahm, Susannah Schulman and Brendan Hines in Three Days of Rain.
Photo by Henry DiRocco.
On Friday evening, May 20, Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain was revived on SCR’s Segerstrom Stage.  Many playgoers had been there for the world premiere almost 15 years ago (or for later productions across the country, on Broadway or in London’s West End); others were seeing it for the first time.  For all of them, it was a night to remember.   

On Monday morning, May 23, Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times and Paul Hodgins of the Orange County Register (both of whom had seen earlier productions), also found it memorable:

“A revival of Three Days of Rain … confirms the charms and structural ingenuity of the original and it retains the haunting aftereffects that the play left the first time around. Directed reverently and without undue dramatic fuss by the theater's artistic director, David Emmes, this Rain doesn't attempt to resurrect its predecessor's ghost. These actors make the roles their own, and Thomas Buderwitz's scenic design gives us a grittier and more detailed Manhattan loft than the debut production did back in 1997.”
– Paul Hodgins, OC Register

“Greenberg has written a kind of generational mystery in which the past really is another country, one that the present, groping for insight into its own origins, can’t help misjudging. Much as I was intoxicated by the play when I first encountered it at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1997 … I don’t think I fully appreciated the depth of feeling in the work until Emmes’ production.”
– Charles McNulty, LA Times

Read all about the Cast Party, complete with photos of First Nighters and their guests discussing the intricacies of the play with the director and actors.

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