The first act of Richard Greenberg’s 1997 play, Three Days of Rain, sees the children of a recently deceased father united in New York for the reading of his will. In the process, partial revelations about their father’s past create uncertainties that may, like a sudden storm, have catastrophic effects. The second and final act flashes back to the father’s youth, which reveals to the audience facts the children cannot know. This is a play about silence and secrets, about how unspoken suspicion can bloom from a buried past, and yet it’s characterized by Greenberg’s trademark dialogue—full of wit, references, neurosis, and irony. From the tension between the talkative and the taciturn, a narrative of family mystery crackles. Bringing together the play’s original leads—Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Whitford, and John Slattery—one week of virtual live readings sees an ensemble as sparkling as the prose. —C.J.F.
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