|Title||:||Rain: A Play In Three Acts|
|Number of Pages||:||173 Pages|
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Rain: A Play In Three Acts Reviews
RAIN. (1922). John Colton and Clemence Randolph. ***. This play was an adaptation of the short story, “Miss Thompson,” by W. Somerset Maugham. It was a popular play during its time and had a long run on Broadway. Although it seems pretty mild by today’s standards, it was very controversial when it was first staged. It’s the story of the fight between good and evil as epitomized in the characters Sadie Thompson and Rev. Davidson. Both these characters meet at the general store owned by Ameena and Joe Horn in the port of Pago-Pago on the island of Tutuila in the South Seas. All of the characters, except the Horns, arrive on the island from the same ship on a layover. Sadie is a woman of the world, a social butterfly. She fully intends to enjoy life and is a people person. She is also quite a dish. The Reverend is a dyed in the wool missionary who believes that Sadie can be converted to the point where she sees the light of the Lord. The conflict between these two ultimately leads to a realization that things are not what they seem, and to an ending that comes as sort of a surprise to the average theater-goer. Although it doesn’t wear well, it was still an icon of the stage during the 1920s.
A strong misreading of Maugham's short story I think, but not an entirely unproductive one. Unfortunately, the film versions of this adaption tend to supplant memory of the better original, but at least I better understand the reference in Howard Hawkes' Scarface having read this.