Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

When the Rain Stops Falling

The year is 2039; a man in a raincoat is being drenched by an apocalyptic rainstorm; a fish falls from the sky. That's the opening of Australian author Andrew Bovell's odd and extraordinary play, which runs backward and forward in time as it unravels the story of two lost souls, a Londoner and an Aussie, who hook up in an Australian roadhouse and gradually discover the unexpected connections between them. A dark play of Faulknerian complexity about the inability to escape the past, When the Rain Stops Falling was given a haunting production at New York's Lincoln Center by hot Chicago director David Cromer.