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The Rainmaker

Theater Wit
1229 W Belmont Ave Chicago

Set in the hard years of the Depression-era Dustbowl, The Rainmaker is a story of recognizing the beauty and potential locked away inside all of us. Saddled to a failing cattle ranch, the only woman in a family of menfolk, Lizzie Curry has just about given up hope of finding love and escape. But when a charming trickster named Starbuck breezes into town promising to bring rain for $100, Lizzie's father gives the man the last of the family's savings, knowing that what he has to offer them, and Lizzie, is more than just rain.

Presented by BoHo Theatre

Thru - May 6, 2012

Price: $18-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-975-8150

Running Time: 2hrs; one intermission

  The Rainmaker Reviews
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Chicago Reader - Recommended

"...Bohemian Theatre Ensemble delivers an intimate, earnest, plainspoken rendition of N. Richard Nash's 1954 comedy about an "old maid" named Lizzie who finds self-confidence through her encounter with charismatic, crooked drifter Bill Starbuck. Promising to bring rain to Lizzie's drought-stricken farm, Starbuck ends up quenching her emotional thirst. Set in the Depression-era West, the play is replete with dated sexual attitudes, but its underlying theme—the need for faith in oneself and others—is universal."
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Albert Williams

Centerstage - Highly Recommended

"... Anna Hammonds is perfection as Lizzie, the young woman convinced by her family that she’s plain and destined to be alone. Hammond’s trembling voice and expressive eyes, full of anguish and longing (and easily seen in BoHo’s intimate setting) reveals the true beauty of a heroine audiences will long remember. Everyone from Matthew Keffer’s spellbinding Starbuck, Robert Frankel’s sensitive patriarch H.C., Nate Santana’s wonderfully realized Jimmy, Daniel Gilbert’s hard-ass Noah and Thad Anzur’s shy Deputy File make this a must-see production."

Colin Douglas

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"... In a theatrical landscape that is drought-stricken with incongruous casting and deficient storytelling, BoHo Theatre’s The Rainmaker is like a cool drink of water after a sojourn in the desert."
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Tony Frankel

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...The Rainmaker is one of those heartfelt, honest plays that will stir your belief in the human spirit. Terrific writing with expert direction and honest acting is a familiar formula for Bo Ho Theatre. This show is wonderful – don’t miss it."
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Tom Williams

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...It’s a terrific recipe for powerful theater. Imagine an untenable situation with seemingly no way out. Then introduce a mysterious stranger who, like a catalyst, changes everything but himself. That’s the fascinating function of the title character in N. Richard Nash’s justly celebrated “The Rainmaker” (the source for Schmidt and Jones’ musical “110 in the Shade”), now in an irresistible staging by the ever worthy BoHo Theatre Ensemble."

Lawrence Bommer

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"... Once in awhile, we get to witness a theater company make the ultimate in sacrifice as they give up financial gain for true art. Such is the case with the current production by BoHo theatre Company, “The Rainmaker” by N.Richard Nash. This is indeed a classic story of faith and hope as well as dreams and BoHo has taken a 99 seat venue in the Theatre Wt building on Belmont and with their clever set (Stephen M. Genovese, who is also the director of this marvelous production) and reduced to an even More intimate three sided seating arrangement of approx. 56 seats."
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Alan Bresloff

   This show has been Jeff Recommended*

*The designation of "Jeff Recommended" is given to a production when at least ONE ELEMENT of the show was deemed outstanding by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.

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