If you haven’t seen The Rainmaker, hurry. Tickets for the third and final weekend of this classic play by N. Richard Nash are selling fast.
The Rainmaker, directed by Bard Widmer and presented by Kaua‘i Community Players, is a dramatic comedy taking place during the Great Recession on a ranch at the time of a paralyzing drought. It focuses on Lizzie Curry (Rebecca Hanson), a plain girl whose brothers (Jim Warrack and Bailey Hutton) try every possible scheme to marry her off, but without success.
There is no sign of relief from the dry heat, when suddenly from out of nowhere appears Starbuck (Ian Foster), a charismatic, sweet-talking man with quite the sales pitch. Claiming to be a “rainmaker,” Starbuck promises to bring rain for $100. He is so refreshing and persistent that the family finally consents.
Meanwhile, the rainmaker also turns his magic on Lizzie, and persuades her that she has a very real beauty of her own. She believes it, just as her father (Morgan Liddell) believes the fellow can actually bring rain.
You’ll have to watch the play to find out if rain will finally come and if Lizzie will find love.
Fili Lasau is File, the deputy sheriff and admirer of Lizzie, and Bruce Fehring is the sheriff.
The shows are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 Kikowaena Street, Lihue.
Visit kauaicommunityplayers.org/the-rainmaker/ to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are $20, with discounts for KCP members, seniors and students.