Jay Allen Sanford 10 a.m., April 19
Three Days of Rain
Unlike novelists, who attempt to depict worlds, most diaries and journals use terse, iceberg writing, saying just enough to encourage recall later. A few words, like "three days of rain," can conjure a thousand memories, if only for the writer. Richard Greenberg's lengthy drama is, in effect, a whodunit based on the title. Walker and Nan's father Ned may, or may not, have been the genius architect who designed world-famous Janeway House. His partner, Theo Wexler, appears the more likely candidate, especially since when Theo died, Ned's production declined in quality. In Act One, it's 1995. Lifelong-suffering Walker, his sister Nan (who suffers from her brother's woes), and Theo's son Pip, a successful soap opera star on whom the sun always shines, come to Manhattan to receive their legacy: Ned's fortune and Janeway House. In Act Two, who gets willed what gives way to a decoding of Ned's journal: what actually happened during three rainy days in early April 1960. The opening-night production by Compass Theatre (formerly [email protected]) took a while to settle in and often got played too loudly for the intimate space, causing the playwright's many subtleties to verge on melodrama. Directed by Rosina Reynolds, a trio of actors play dual roles. As young Walker, Sean Cox pushed his early scenes so emotively far he had little in reserve; in Act Two Cox played Ned much more from within, to good effect. Jason Heil shows again why he's among the most dependable actors around, giving sunny young Pip a cloudy day and Theo a near-perfect storm. Christy Yael has performed in several local shows, but audiences may "discover" her in Three Days, where she plays sane Nan becoming harried, and her mother, soon-to-be-insane Lina, on the three best days of her life.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Tuesday, June 17, 2008
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