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  Three Days of Rain at The Viaduct

Three Days of Rain

The Viaduct
3111 N. Western Avenue Chicago

Three Days of Rain is an intellectual and emotional journey full of witty language, complex characters and deep insight. It’s a beautifully-crafted story of a brother and sister as they examine their lives after the discovery of their late father’s cryptic journal. When the sparse journal entry about “three days of rain” unfolds in ways the brother and sister do not expect, it raises the question; can we ever really understand the lives of those who came before us?

Presented by BackStage Theatre Company

Thru - Jun 25, 2011

Price: $10-$25

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 773-296-6024

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Chicago Tribune - Recommended

"...Reeder always likes working in a minor key — and he has to be careful of trapping his shows in a kind of melancholic loop, when we also need bursts of staccato and possibility. But it does not spoil the show. This “Three Days of Rain” is rooted in a space as real as its feelings are honest."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Reader - Highly Recommended

"...Matthew Reeder's sinewy production for BackStage Theatre finds the wounded heart under Greenberg's rat-a-tat, astringent wit, and John Henry Roberts is simply marvelous as both voluble Walker and his stuttering dad."
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Kerry Reid

Time Out Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...Director Reeder has a feel for mood and never lets a moment go to waste, while Brandon Wardell’s set and lighting move gracefully between eras. The knockout cast is uniquely dialed into the script and one another, its interplay the highlight of a show that proves the present is prelude to the past."
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Ryan Dolley

Chicago Stage Standard - Highly Recommended

"...The trio of actors behind “Three Days of Rain” are dynamic and captivating.  Tony Bozzuto, John Henry Roberts, and Rebekah Ward-Hays enthrall their audience with every scene as they step into the shoes of very independent and reserved characters.  The biggest theatrical device used here was the transition the actors made from hidden quiet characters during the first act set in present time to the generation behind them during the second act set in the 1960’s.  John Henry Roberts went from a fast talking, possibly insane Walker to a calm and collect Ned, who suffered from a speech deficiency.  Opposite him was Rebekah Ward-Hays, who played a very worrisome Nan during the first act and an open and free Lina during the second."

Tyler Tidmore

Chicago Theater Beat - Highly Recommended

"...Greenberg’s non-linear storytelling is thought-provoking as only we, the audience, know the true gravitas of the words, “Three days of rain,” which Ned enters into his journal. However, perhaps this is the nature of history; it can never be retold exactly, nor needs to be. Walker and Nan come to their own necessary closure with their parents’ ambiguous history, and their father took his memories to the grave. What’s clear is that Backstage Theatre Company continues to excel in creating memories for theatergoers that are definitely unforgettable."

Jason Rost

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