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When the Rain Stops Falling

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When the Rain Stops Falling, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, NYC Show Poster
Theater
Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater

150 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

Duration
2hrs.
0 Intermissions
Important Dates
On Sale
Feb 08, 2010
Preview
Feb 11, 2010
Opening
Mar 08, 2010
Closing
Apr 18, 2010
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When the Rain Stops Falling is a compelling family saga that takes us back and forth in time from one generation to another, from 1959 to 2039, from London to ...

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What Is the Story of When the Rain Stops Falling?
When the Rain Stops Falling is an ambitious, beautifully acted family drama that moves back and forth in time between 1959 and 2039 and takes place in London and various locations in Australia. The seven characters cover four generations tied together by a dark secret. The play touches on themes of parental love and guilt and how secrets continue to affect families over time. There’s also an environmental aspect (with recurring mentions of rain) that’s especially prevalent in the first and last scene, set in 2039.
 

Critics’ Reviews

"A shattering new play. A work of great sorrow and beauty given searing lucidity in David Cromer's insightful production."

Review by David Rooney from Variety

"A shattering new play. A work of great sorrow and beauty given searing lucidity in David Cromer's insightful production."

Review by David Rooney from Variety

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What Is When the Rain Stops Falling Like?
A skilled ensemble cast brings this fascinating play to life on a deliberately claustrophobic set with simple furniture pieces that are reused in various locations and time periods. The two female characters are played by pairs of actresses at different ages; at times, the older version sits silently onstage listening to the younger version speak. Although the program includes a family tree to help audiences get their bearings, it isn’t really necessary. By the end of When the Rain Stops Falling (which runs just under two hours with no intermission), the relationships are perfectly clear—and the overall effect is quite moving.

Is When the Rain Stops Falling Good for Kids?
This play is suitable for older teens and adults—the script deals with mature themes, and the shifting time periods would be impossible for young audiences to follow.