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THREE DAYS OF RAIN

vivs678
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THREE DAYS OF RAIN

#0
Posted: 3/28/06 at 11:10pm
any word on the production?
did any of the stars stage-door it?
i want some reviews already!
(does anyone know how long the show is?)
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#1
Posted: 3/28/06 at 11:11pm
Me too!
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re: THREE DAYS OF RAIN

#2
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:04am
I know Julia did stage door, but I really didn't feel like fighting the crowds to get her autograph.

Anyways, I saw the show and I felt it missed on every level. A larger review is in the works.
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#3
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:08am
I disagree. Great acting by Paul Rudd and Bradley Cooper. Julia terrific in parts. You can see why she's such a star. The play itself is somewhat iffy, but it's not the actor's fault. The reviews could be all over the page on this one, but I don't think anyone can dispute the work of the three stars.
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#4
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:09am
Great, but wordy, play.
CCM '10!
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#5
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:12am
I can dispute Julia's performance. She was just not likable or appealing at all in the first act. In the second she was somewhat better, but it stil felt like she was acting. Paul and Bradley were both very good, but they had nothing to work with because the show had absolutely no point.
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#6
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:14am
Can someone tell me the running time of the play, please? Thanks!
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#7
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:17am
Got out tonight at around 10:45. I agree she was stiff in the first act, but I think it has to do with the part she is playing. Act 2 she is more herself. Don't sit in AA as you will get wet. BB you are fine.
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#8
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:18am
There is definitely a point to the show. It is so neat how much you discover in the 2nd act.

We had rain in our production...what a mess!
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Updated On: 3/29/06 at 12:18 AM
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Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:20am
Ok, but who cares about the stuff discovered? Please explain it to me. Maybe I just missed the whole point. Oh, and even if Julia is supposed to be stiff, she is the character that should be grounding the first act by giving a strong performance and connecting these two men, but Julia just didn't do it.
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#10
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:28am
I think its safe to say that Julia Roberts will only get better with previews. I can't imagine what it would be like to make not only your Broadway debut but your stage debut with that play.
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#11
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:32am
I agree. This was the first night of previews.
I posted this on the other thread but since this was started, why not. My humble opinion.

Just back from the show. Good, not great, but that's the play's fault not the actors. All three were very good, though Bradley Cooper stole the first act as his character is very alive and confident.
Second act Julia really got to shine. Several flashes of that smile and laugh but they worked for the character and weren't just throw ins.
Two minor flubs. Bradley's fly was half open for his first few minutes onstage, but he finally realized it and zipped up. Funny. I love live theatre. :)
Second act Paul Rudd dropped a plastic tomato and it rolled onto the stage prompting Julia to lose it for a second and laugh, which of course made the audience laugh. (I didn't realize it but apparently when he did that Paul Rudd called her Julia and that's what made her laugh).
She was a bit nervous at first but got into it and by the second act was a natural. She's a very good actor and reactor and sitting in the second row I could really watch her eyes and facial expressions, when she wasn't hidden by the art table. Partial view means blocked by furniture, though they made up for it by playing the beginning of the second act right in front of my section. They were about 10 feet from me. That made it worth the $101.00 ticket. Luckily the wind machines blow the cigarette smoke right upstage.
I liked it, didn't love it. Julia proves she can do both stage and screen, but I would have liked to have seen a better first vehicle for her.
I could see where Patricia Clarkson probably stole the show when she did it in 1997. The play remarks that she was older and kind of an old maid when she marries her husband, but that doesn't jibe with the second act. Not sure if that's direction or not.
They got a standing ovation but it was a bit forced. It's the play, not the actors again though.
Julia Paul and Bradley all do a very good job. Bradley has the showier part, but Paul does manage very well with his scenes.
The rain was interesting but almost distracting. They must have used the idea from the musical stage version of "Singing in the Rain". I had wondered why the usher told me he hoped I had my umbrella, and then the edge of the stage is grated.
There were some empty seats surprisingly enough. The one right next to me stayed empty. One guy lucked out and sat front row center coz he heard they weren't seating anyone after the show started until intermission. There were also a couple of seats behind me and a few rows up on the side. This is to the right of the stage facing it. Row B.
It will have a good run but the reviews might be mixed, though again I don't fault the actors.
Just the playwright.

I'm more of a musicals person too so "straight plays" usually have to wow me, like "Doubt".
I'm really glad I got to see this though.

Runs from 8:10 to 10:41PM. Intermission was 25 mins, long set change.
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#12
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:32am
Even though I am saying Julia wasn't very good, she was not the reason the show wasn't good. Actually, it was the play itself. It just left me with the feeling that there was no point to the show.
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#13
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:38am
Interesting review. Can't wait to see it. I have tickets to see it in April though the only tickets available that night I see it were in the next to last row of the mezzanine on the VERY FAR right hand corner.....will I be able to see at all you think??

Thanks for your help.
Updated On: 3/29/06 at 12:38 AM
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#14
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:43am
How's the set? Is there a show curtain? How's the rain work in the show? Like what's the scene and stuff. Sounds cool.
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#15
Posted: 3/29/06 at 12:44am
It's a small theatre and the mezzanine just very far out. If you're that far over the first part of the second act will be your best/closest to the action.
Keep your eyes open for emtpy seats though. This one woman came right up and sat next to me before it started. She ended up a few rows back. Why not give it at try.
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#16
Posted: 3/29/06 at 1:10am
Just got back from it, to add my $.02 to all that has been mentioned here... I loved Rudd and Cooper. And as for Julia- I have been a Julia Roberts fan since forever, it seems. I am old enough to at one point have owned both Mystic Pizza and Satisfaction on VHS, that's how long I've been enjoying her work. And, I just didn't feel like she was enough of a stage actress to keep up with Rudd and Cooper.

Don't get me wrong, I thought she was perfectly adorable in her Julia laughs and smiles and whatnot, and I really enjoyed her second act more than her first, (I don't know- was she maybe more comfortable with the southern accent in Act II?), but... I don't know if it was her projection, or what, but there was just something that I was missing from her that I was getting from the other two actors on stage.

I was sitting in the Mezz, which didn't feel that far away. The guy next to me was apparently not a fan, as he left during intermission and never returned, but that was ok- more room for my knees.

Sounds like the other reviewers here were in the Orch, which might not have had this problem, but there were people in the Mezz taking pics during the show- at Julia's entrance, etc. Ushers were walking back and forth through the Mezz during Act I, (looking for cameras? I did spot one being told to be put away near me), but I didn't notice it so much during Act II.

I loved the use of the rain, esp the way when they were 'outside' the rain was louder/harder, etc. I could totally see the front row people getting wet from my nice dry Mezz seat, though. :)

And I loved the simplicity of the play. Didn't really feel like I 'discovered' anything that came out in Act II, they weren't surprises exactly, but rather it was nice watching everything unfold, and it was what it was.

I'd never read the play before, so I was surprised that it really is an ensemble piece- not "Julia and two guys" as I'd feared it might be.

My C list celeb sighting of the night: Lisa Rinna (sp?) walked through the door when I did. Her lips are very distracting.

It was worth it for the price that we ended up paying for our tix. Would I tell people that I enjoyed it? yes. Would I pay to go see it again? Probably not.
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#17
Posted: 3/29/06 at 1:15am
Did anyone stagedoor it? do they sign?
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#18
Posted: 3/29/06 at 1:27am
Yay, I love Paul Rudd. :)
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#19
Posted: 3/29/06 at 7:29am
They actually just had Julia on the news from last night's stage door. It looked like she signed for a lot of people. The one thing I couldn't figure out from the shot....the stage door is on 45th where the people from Ave Q come out right? Or do they have a separate one for Three Days Rain?
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#20
Posted: 3/29/06 at 7:43am
Seeing it tonight... Looking forward to it after seeing Lestat on Monday....
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#21
Posted: 3/29/06 at 9:52am
They share the same stage door as Avenue Q and Phantom. I'm curious to hear from anyone who did stage door. Did all 3 come out and sign? Pictures? Was it pandamonium or organized?
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#22
Posted: 3/29/06 at 9:54am
Yeah it's the same location are the Avenue Q people and the stage door for the Majestic.
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#23
Posted: 3/29/06 at 11:27am
I went to the stage door. It was insane. After Ave Q let out, then Phantom and then Rain the crowds were enormous (plus lots of autograzzi's, paparazzi's and tourists). Bradley Cooper signed and so did Julia Roberts. She signed for a good 10 minutes. I understand that Paul Rudd went out the secret backdoor I didn't know about. I hope JR never uses the secret backdoor. Actually if she could handle the 200+ people at last nights stage door, she could handle any night.
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#24
Posted: 3/29/06 at 11:32am
As to not start another thread, I suppose I'm the only person who would like Julia to be OUT on a show day to see how Michelle Federer would handle it.
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