Performing Arts: Theater
January 22, 2015
“A Hard Rain,” at Theater for a New City in the East Village, explores the relationships of a group of New Yorkers in the burgeoning Greenwich Village of the late 60s leading up to the Stonewall Riots. Set mostly in a bar and various bedrooms, the play centers on an underground gay bar, its patrons, owners, and the police.

Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper’s script is admirable in scope and accurate in representation. However, the words don’t fly off the page perhaps due to some over interpretation. The cast of six, give way to moments of exuberance or distress, sometimes capturing the subtleties but often over acting them.

Carson Alexander plays a flamboyant activist/drag queen (much to the chagrin of his closeted wall street boyfriend Andrew Schoomaker). He finds truth in his vibrant character but his portrayal loses authenticity. Passionate speeches get jumbled as the words turn into screams.

Xandra Leigh Parker in the role of bartender and ally balances many scenes that need neutralizing. In the final moment she stands behind the bar contemplating her actions and the actions of others. Tears muddy her makeup. It feels real, finally.
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Bailey Moon

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