Fans will be pouring in to watch Theatre Wesleyan’s first production of the 2016-17 season, When the Rain Stops Falling, which opened on Thursday.

Rain, written by Andrew Bovell and directed by Bryan Stevenson, is an extraordinary play with a gloomy forecast that gives the audience the opportunity to travel through time and learn the past and future of Gabriel York’s family.

The year is 2039, and York (played by Dean Phillips II) is irrationally worrying about the arrival of his son, Andrew Price (played by Trey Cardona), who he abandoned at the age of seven. York begins to freak out about lunch and the questions his son will ask.

“I know what he wants,” York frets. “He wants what all young men want from their fathers. He wants to know who he is. Where he comes from. Where he belongs. And for the life of me, I don’t know what to tell him.”

A fish falls from the sky to answer York’s prayers on what he will make for lunch. Looks like York is cooking fish. This begins a compelling saga that propels the audience into the York family’s problems, starting with York’s grandparents Henry and Elizabeth Law (played by Richard Hunter Givans and Kim Owen), who have learned some exciting, yet nerve-wracking news: Elizabeth is pregnant.

Audience members are later transferred into the future to find that the baby was born. He is an  adolescent male named Gabriel Law (Raied Makhamreh). We find Gabriel in search of his father, Henry, who left him at the age of seven.

Gabriel decides to search through Australia for the truth of his father’s disappearance and instead finds the love of his life, Gabrielle (Abbie Hancock), a waitress at a roadhouse cafe. With her help, Gabriel continues his journey and learns a dark family secret.

With a focus on broken marriages, suicide, accidental deaths, missing fathers and children, and a twisted secret, Rain had fans on the edge of their seats with tears in their eyes and constant questions just waiting to be answered.

With the level of skillfulness put into lighting, sound and projection designs, fans were able to feel as if they were falling in love under a snowfall or terrified of a thunderous storm.

Through careful staging and creativity in design aspects in the play, fans were able to watch a jigsaw puzzle of emotions get pieced together into a masterful treat.

People say when it rains it pours and I’m sure Theatre Wesleyan will have fans pouring into the auditorium to watch this complex yet exciting tale.

 

When the Rain Stops Falling runs through Oct. 2. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. except for Oct. 2, when there will be a 2 p.m. matinee. All performances are at the Thad Smotherman Theatre. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for Wesleyan faculty and staff, as well as seniors, and available at 817-531-4211 or via the Theatre Wesleyan website. All Texas Wesleyan student can receive free tickets through the Student Theatrical Experience Fund (STEF).

A longer version of this review will appear in the next printed edition of The Rambler, which will be published Sept. 28.

 

Actors,Kim Owen and Amanda Fitzgerald, perform in Rain, which runs through Oct. 2 (Photo courtesy of Jacob Sanchez)

Actors,Kim Owen and Amanda Fitzgerald, perform in Rain, which runs through Oct. 2.
(Photo courtesy of Jacob Sanchez)

Richard Hunter Givans performs in Rain, which runs through Oct. 2.

Richard Hunter Givans performs in Rain, which runs through Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Sanchez)

 

 

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Shaydi Paramore

Upon graduating from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas and receiving her Associates of Arts degree, Shaydi chose to continue my adventure by transferring to Texas Wesleyan University. She is a senior mass communications student and the editor-in-chief for the Rambler Media Group. Shaydi plans to graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication. Shaydi has always had a love for the evolution of media and how it has transferred from film to digital and through my continuing education can learn how that occurs. Shaydi hopes to gain a career in theatre publicity as a playbill and poster designer.

In her free time, she enjoys collecting vinyls and comic books, reading, spending time at Half-Price Books, spending time with her fiance and dogs, and taking naps.

1 Comment

  1. Terri
    September 23, 2016 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Awesome production, one of the best I’ve seen locally on any stage, education, community, or professional. Devastatingly good.

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