When the Rain Stops Falling
When the Rain Stops Falling – Theater Review
A family saga that takes its audience back and forth in time from one generation to another, from 1959 to 2039, from London to Australia. With four generations of fathers and sons, their mothers, lovers and wives.
When the Rain Stops Falling is a new production at Lincoln Center at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and it shouldn’t be missed. Now, if you know anything about Lincoln Center, you know that a lot of their presentations really require a little bit of work. You really have to stay awake, and of course not everyone in theater did, and you really have to pay attention, but the payoff is quite often enormous. For example, Utopia was not easy, but worthwhile. This is another one that is not easy but incredibly worthwhile. It was commissioned originally in Australia in 2008 and stars an international cast, including some Americans with great Australian accents and some Australians with great Australian accents. There are nine people in the cast who cover a family history, three generations, between 1959 and 2039. The play takes place in London, England, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Ayres Rock, and Coorong, the southern coast of Australia. I don’t want to tell you too much about it except that it does involve three generations of families. Actually, a fourth comes out at the very end, which is helpfully diagrammed in the program for you. This is theatre not to be missed. It is beautifully written, it’s beautifully acted, and I’m not going to tell you anything more about it except go see it. Five stars.