All the players are ablaze in this terrific version of N. Richard Nash’s classic play, thanks to Jack Heller’s careful direction, Christopher Stone’s beautiful set design, Juliet Klanchar’s lighting, and Kelly Fluker’s costumes. But, bottom line, the play belongs to Tanna Frederick, and Meryl Streep couldn’t do it better.
Cynthia Citron -LA Examiner
Few plays from the 1950s hold up as well as L. Richard Nash’s folksy 1954 romance The Rainmaker. Those needing proof of the above need simply to head out to Santa Monica’s Edgemar Center For The Arts where Tanna Frederick and Robert Standley head the cast of director Jack Heller’s pitch-perfect revival of this ‘50s gem.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA
The thunderous applause and standing ovations of the audience was the final praise on this very delicious production which would have made playwright N. Richard Nash proud.
Ron Gilbert – LASplash
“The Rainmaker” is dated in its chauvinistic assumptions about women, but the script overcomes that limitation because it is more concerned with the transformative power of believing. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said of this production.
Iris Mann – Backstage
The play, later transmuted by Nash himself into a musical, has been persistently revived. But 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.
F. Kathleen Foley – LA Times
Her terrific performance is not enough to turn the play into a classic, but it does provide enough of an emotional pull to reveal the reasons why it keeps getting staged.
Steven Leigh Morris – LA Weekly
Once you let go of any past memories, this production, with the fine ensemble cast of seven actors is simply stellar. This “Rainmaker” makes for a dynamic and enjoyable evening of very fine theatre. I was blissfully transported into another time.
Audrey Linden – LA Examiner
Henry Jaglom and the Rainbow Theater Company, in association with Edgemar Center for the Arts bring us this stellar version of the timeless play.
Irene Rubaum-Keller – Huffington Post
The play, being showcased at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica and directed by Jack Heller, is theater at its finest.
Carol Kaufman Segal – Stagehappenings
Funny when you want it to be, honest when you need it to be, and sincere when you want to embrace it, The Rainmaker, directed by Jack Heller, is a stimulating romantic comedy and a wonderful production.
Joe Straw – Joe Straw #9
Directed by Jack Heller and produced by Alexandra Guarnieri, this show is a cultural phenomenon of the waters and wishes that surround us throughout time eternal.
Bonnie Priever – LA Examiner
Henry Jaglom and The Rainbow Theatre Company
in Association with and at the Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main Street, Santa Monica, Ca 90405
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30, 2013
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30. Sundays at 5:00
Tickets: $34.50; (310) 392-7327
Running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
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