The Rainmaker Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 1 2013

You'd be hard-pressed to find many Eisenhower-era plays as packed with thwarted sexual desire as N. Richard Nash's horny 1954 melodrama, about frustrated small-town Americans living through a long drought. Into town comes a seductive con man, the eponymous Rainmaker, carrying a rain stick (very phallic) and claiming he can, for a price, bring relief to this dry land. In the hands of an inspired director, or a cast able to mine the libidinous mischief just below the surface of Nash's coy play, this old-fashioned work could crackle with energy. Instead, Alison C. Vesely, directing an uneven cast, turns out the kind of dry, respectable production that leaves an audience as frustrated as the denizens of Nash's play. —Jack Helbig

Price: $30-$37

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