Hilary Holbrook has worked as an actor and violinist in Chicago since graduating from Loyola in 2008. When not in the theater, Hilary enjoys knitting, antiquing, and adventures of all kinds!
Pictured: Kyle Curry and Kate Black-Spence. Photo by Amy Boyle Photography.
By Hilary Holbrook
The most interesting and captivating story of a child’s life can most assuredly be that of his or her parents. The questions asked help shape a child’s understanding of themselves and the world around them, but are the answers the child derives the truth? Or are they the truths the child needs to make sense of his/her surroundings? BoHo examines these issues and more with heartfelt sincerity, humor, and love in Richard Greenberg’s THREE DAYS OF RAIN.
The play begins with the reemergence of Walker Janeway (a frenetically lovable Kyle Curry), who has returned home to hear the reading of his father’s will. His sister, Nan (Kate Black-Spence), and childhood friend Pip (a charming Niko Kourtis) are also present for the reading, which doesn’t exactly go as planned. The aftermath leaves all parties questioning long-held beliefs and examining existing relationships. In Act 2, we see the parent’s (played by the same actors from Act 1) side of this story and are able to see how much of those assumptions by the children are correct.
As Walker, Kyle Curry brings a vivacious sincerity to the role. We see someone who is moving as fast as he can with the desperate hope that he will find something true he can claim as his own. As Walker’s father, Ned, Curry is intensely vulnerable. There is a guarded focus to him that is not cold or unfeeling, but shy and unsure. Kate Black-Spence’s Nan has stayed true to her surroundings, and there is a more loyal, tempered tone mixed with an almost wistful hope of something better to her actions. As Walker and Nan’s mother, Lina, she is as wild as she is graceful, and as jaded as she is eternally optimistic. As the family friend, Niko Kourtis’ Pip has all the makings of a misunderstood nice guy. He is someone who has done everything right, without receiving proper credit, but he is not selfish, egotistical, or pushy. As Pip’s father, Theo, we see the tragic downfall of a bloated ego, but Kourtis still manages to bring a sympathetic humanity to the role.
The beauty of this play comes from its familiarity, not in terms of the events that propel the story forward, but in how everyone can relate to the feelings and choices of the characters. There is no clear-cut villain, nor is there a definitive resolution, and that’s ok. Sometimes the most life affirming pieces of theater are those that show you just how “not alone” you are.
THREE DAY’S OF RAIN runs through June 25th. For more information visit BoHoTheatre.com.