Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on September 17, 1987 · Page 7
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 7

Ukiah, California
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Thursday, September 17, 1987
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-THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17.I9fl7- 7 Dreams clash with reality in 'Rainmaker ItovtoW by ANDREA SMlT Spvctel to th* Journal The Ukiah Players production of N. Richard Nash's "The Rainmaker," directed by Ellen Weed, gets an overall "thumbs up" from this reviewer. Appropriate varied musical selections, including "Fire in the Rain" by local artist Holly Near, sets the mood for the evening before the performance even begins, as does the visually unusual set, artistically designed by David Hayes, with its see; through walls and backdrop of cloudless blue skies and brown, dry hills. A little : visible dust on the furniture might have , been in order, considering the long, hot , drought Once the play begins, the family relationships clearly show the care and love the characters nave for each other. The , natural dialogue and consistent acting , draw the audience completely into the . story. Set on a western cattle ranch during a severe drought, one of the spirit as well as the land, the play is both a comedy and a romance. Characters are H.C. Curry, his two sons, Noah and Jimmy, and his 27-year-old daughter Lizzie, who has just returned from visiting a family with six sons, three of them marriageable. H.C. sent her on the trip, hoping one of the sons would propose to her, and he and the brothers are waiting to hear what happened. Suddenly a mysterious figure arrives — Starbuck — drifter, wanderer, romantic, and self-proclaimed rainmaker. His promises are like dreams, and these people whose lands and lives are touched by drought need dreams. The conflict between dreams and reality comes clearly into focus, with Starbuck as the catalyst David Hayes plays H.C. Curry, the hard working rancher and father who cares deeply for his children, with warmth, compassion and humor. H.C. is a dreamer who argues with the ever- sensible Noah about giving 24 hours and, $100 to Starbuck to brin* rain to the drought-ravaged land. Milford Walton's portrayal of Noah, the hard-working, responsible older son who "runs the family just like he runs the ranch," is believable throughout. Noah, who wants the best for Lizzie, also wants her to face life as it is, no matter how unpleasant that might be. Bringing youthful exuberance to the role of the younger son, Galen Thompson is perfectly cast as Jimmy who is eager to try all that life has to offer. A dreamer, like his father, Jimmy feels Starbuck sees him as a worthwhile person, not just the "stupid Kid" that Noah keeps calling him. Lizzie, convincingly played by Virginia Ingersoll, is a woman who wants honesty in a relationship and refuses to play the part of the helpless, coy female just to get attention. The proud, isolated sheriffs deputy, File, played by Rik Goodell who brings sensitivity and honesty to the part, shows that there's hope for growth even after years of turning off emotionally. And Ed Lindquist is believable and natural as the sheriff who kindly tries various ways to get Pile back into the world. As Starbuck, vagabond dreamer and schemer, Mike Oakes' performance was somewhat flat and lacked a range of emotion. Whether or not Starbuck can work magic with the weather, be has a power over people that is close to magical. A loud braggart he is also a gentle dreamer.'Starbuck's character seems loud and hurried at some points. Despite the romantic dialogue, the scenes with Lizzie miss a quality of tender magic. Perhaps a few moments of quiet stage presence are all that is needed to enhance this otherwise adequate performance. Ellen Weed has artistically and carefully edited the original three acts into two, making "The Rainmaker" an enjoyable evening of theatre, full of comedy and romance, with very real characters filled with love. Mike Oakes and Virginia Ingersoll In "The Rainmaker." ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS O» A *.*w4 r/insJInsi ^« Staged reading Of moHorn farm drama moaern larm arama _ r , r ' L <i v The plight of the contemporary farmer is the theme of "Husbandry," a play to be given a staged reading at Ukiah Playhouse on Wednesday, Sept 23, at 8 p.m. Playwright Patrick Tovatt dramatizes a common dilemma among farm families by focusing on one in the Com Belt Aging parents must find younger hands to own and manage the family farm, but their son, who married a city girl and moved away from the country, is not at all sure he wants to come back now. This reading is being directed by Sheridan Malone, well known to local audiences for his singing and acting in numerous musicals. Malone nas assembled a cast of four including David Hansmith, Paulette Arnold, Eileen Brophy and Ed Lindquist. In the staged-reading format the actors have scripts in hand and the production is not as elaborate as a fully staged one. Ukiah Players Theatre presents an ongoing series of staged readings to augment its season schedule of "main stage" productions. Admission at the door is $3. UPT season subscribers will be admitted free. Auditions set for MG dance company Mendocino College will hold auditions for the Repertory Dance Company Friday, Sept 18, Leslie Saxon, dance company director, has announced. The auditions will be at 6 p.m. in the Dance Studio on the campus, 501 Court Center, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd. The Repertory Dance Company, Saxon said, is a group of committed and experienced dancers. Dancers will have an opportunity to perform dances and choreograph original works. Individuals auditioning for the company will be expected to demonstrate their abilities in the areas of choreography, technique and improvisational skills. Preparation prior to the audition is unnecessary, Saxon said. Meanwhile, continuing its run at the Playhouse is "The Rainmaker," playing Thursday through Saturday nights, Sept 17-19,24-26, and Oct 1-3, with curtain time at 8 p.m. A 2 pjn. matinee of "The Rainmaker" will be performed on Saturday, Oct 3. For Ukiah Playhouse schedule and ticket information, c»U the box office, 462-9226. ; i \ Singers needed for | MC opera theatre I The Mendocino College Opera | Theatre will present two Gian Carlo Menotti operas, auditions for which * are Sept. 22. According to instructor Les Pfut- zenreuter, the operas to be presented are "The Medium, a 'The Telephone," an Library Room 730 at 7 n. Needed are two sopranos, one mezzo-soprano, one alto, one baritone and Toby (a mute boy) for "The Medium." "The Telephone" requires a soprano and a baritone. All those interested should come to the audition with an aria or song prepared, not necessarily from one of these operas, according to Pfut- zenreuter. An accompanist will be provided. • For information call 468-3018. Scores are available for check out at the College campus instruction office. Printmakers' show at Rookie-To Gallery A "Zoo Experience" is the theme of an exhibit of animal prints at the Rookie-To Gallery in Boonville. The show will open Sept. 18 and will run through Oct 16. A collection of recent work by artists belonging to the Mendocino Printmakers, the show will feature The beauty of "OAK, BRASS & GLASS" and it's yours for only... and wood block prints, etch- and screen prints. 'Zoo Exper- lino ings ience" work came as anj outgrowth of a: workshop held by the group where members attempted to express adult reactions, childhood memories and even delve into primordial relationships involving animals. j The opening of the exhibit coincides with the Mendocino County, Fair weekend, Sept. 16-18. Rookie-To, a gallery of fine; crafts, is located on Hwy. 128 in Boonville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed Tuesdays. For further information, call (707) 895-2204. Save $159 ... And Dine in Contemporary Style! This stunning 42" x 42" octagonal oak and glass table dinette features a lustrous polished brass frame and is perfect for kitchen nooks or dining rooms. Sturdy cane back chairs feature gold velvet upholstery and polished brass legs. Reg. $329.50 FURNITURE and APPLIANCE STORES Hours: Monday thru Saturday 8:30-5:30 pm 1850 N. STATE, UKIAH 462-7787 Never A Charg® For Delivery! «rM M FORYOUR ONEYAT IIRAOE! 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