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THREE DAYS OF RAIN presented by Untethered Theater through May 23. Click here for more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.
Newcomer Adam Jones does well as neurotic Walker in the first act. There were times when I felt his performance slipped into a gay stereotype, and perhaps a bit more could have been done to communicate his attraction to Pip. Carter Bratton turns in a strong performance as don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff, handsome actor Pip. I felt his character had a true affection for the siblings. As Walker’s sister Nan, MaryKate Moran gives a solid performance but there were times where I was unclear about her emotional connection to her brother and to Pip.
Perhaps the second act would have worked better for me if more emphasis had been given to some of the important plot points in both acts. A dramatic pause or a shift in tone or emotion may have given these moments a bit more weight. The second act could have used a bit more energy as Ned (Jones) and Nina’s (Moran) long scene seemed very conversational. I didn’t get a hint of Lina’s mental instability and the total disappearance of Ned’s stutter seemed incongruous. Much of Theo’s (Bratton) anxiety seemed to be a bit too internalized. Maybe a moment or two of it escaping in front of the others would have given a better sense of his emotional turmoil.
Designing a set in the intimate space is always a challenge. I like the concept of the set (designed by Buz Davis), but I felt the main playing area needed to be a bit bigger.There was a sense of confinement that worked against the staging.
Overall an interesting but uneven production, with fun and well-written dialogue, that needed to be a bit bigger in emotion and could have used more room to breathe.
My rating: 3.75 out of 5
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