Sunday’s Hoosier Times carried two articles about our production of Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling. One was Doris Lynch’s review (and if you subscribe to the H-T, you can access it with this link), which she begins, “IU theater opens its season with ‘When the Rain Stops Falling,’ a stunning, provocative play about family secrets set against the backdrop of a world undergoing dramatic climate change.” And that’s a pretty good description of the play and the production, which is as stunning and provocative as Bovell’s writing.
The other article led off the H-T‘s arts section, a feature story by Jessica Williams about how graduate technical theatre student Meghan Potter has worked up the rain effect used in the performance (the H-T also mentions M. F. A. student John Houtler’s design and construction of the turntable used in the production). Jessica Williams’s piece is as informative as the coverage we received on the university’s “Art at IU” blog, where our technical director, Paul Brunner, discusses the work of his tech team and how we make it rain on stage.
These write-ups remind us that, at times, journalism can be absolutely correct and all wet. It just depends on the subject being reported.
Here’s more information about When the Rain Stops Falling. It’s certainly worth a visit. Again, to quote Doris Lynch’s review, it’s “an unusual, thought-provoking play where time and place become amazingly fluid.” She goes on, simply saying, “Don’t miss this play.”