Theater: Parched

I 10 in the Shade, a musical remake of N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker, is one of those shows where the players go through motions rather than emotions.

Set in Western prairie country some time in the early '30s, the action hinges on the efforts of a plain girl's father and brothers to find her a husband before she reaches the no-takers age. Lizzie (Inga Swenson) knows as much as any man, but she scorns what every woman is supposed to know—how to flutter, flatter, bewilder and bewitch.

A brash, breezy con man of a rainmaker (Robert Morton) appears on the scene. The...

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