When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell
A fish drops from the sky and a lonely middle-aged man is launched on a magical and emotional journey across four generations of family wrestling with the awful legacy of a secret buried deep in the past. In this award-winning drama from Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, each of the characters is trapped in a longing they cannot bear. They reach toward each other, tentatively, uncertainly, but time after time fail to connect. The tragic love story of a young Englishman, Gabriel, whose father has disappeared, and a young Australian girl from the Coorong, Gabrielle, is at the center of this haunting drama that reaches back to London in 1960 and reaches forward to Alice Springs in 2039from a time when the world began to change, to a future in which environmental catastrophe is the harvest of that change.
"In its handsomely staged L.A. premier at Santa Monica's City Garage, Bovell's "When the Rain Stops Falling" traces this legacy of estrangement through four generations, linking the recent past to a near-future environmental apocalypse... Vivid impressions linger from Frédérique Michel's fierce staging, which underscores the play's austere geometric narrative structure with underplayed, admirably uniform performances and abstract choreography..."
LA TIMES (Philip Brandes)
"Known for its avant-garde and absurdist fare, City Garage takes a turn for the slightly more naturalistic with its current offering, When the Rain Stops Falling, from Australian playwright and screenwriter Andrew Bovell. But only slightly. Bovell's widely produced award-winning play skips back and forth in time, providing familial filaments in two-character scenes that are eventually woven into a multi-generational saga of fathers and sons, loss and longing, secrets and regrets. From a fish magically dropping from the sky at the outset to the literal unpacking of family history at an intergenerational "last supper" of sorts, the play rewards those with a temperament for non-linear storytelling (and the stamina for two hours sans intermission) with a thought-provoking meditation on coping with the tragedies of life."
By Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly
"A fish falls from the sky and a story told across multiple generations begins. "When The Rain Stops Falling" is the latest offering by City Garage, written by award-winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell. It's compelling theatre with an engaging plot and not a typical City Garage production.Relatively speaking this is a more conventional drama, albeit punctuated with the trademark artistic, choreographic and theatrical design elements that City Garage is renowned for, especially under the direction of Frédérique Michel. Stark contrasting colors, multi-level platforms and synchronized movements mark this work."
Sarah Spitz, Santa Monica Daily Mirror
City Garage at Bergamot Station Arts Center (View)
2525 Michigan Ave. Building T1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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