REVIEW: The Sound Of Heavy Rain, Crucible

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ONE thing the Roundabout season of plays has given us is contrast and smart, intimate new stories - and this final of three new works is no exception.

A soundtrack of constant rain and jazz vibes backdrop Penelope Skinner’s film noir-style tale of a hard drinking/smoking private detective hired by Maggie (Maia Alexander) to hunt for the mysterious cabaret performer Foxie O’Hara (Kate O’Flynn).

Nothing is plain, however, as the PI, played with wounded expertise by Andrew Sheridan faces up to his own shortcomings while finding nothing is quite as it seems with Foxie or shifty double-sided Graham (another great shift from Alistair Cope).

Rain brings together the two duos of actors who were/are in the organic baby saga Lungs (Cope and O’Flynn) and post-war unrequited love story One Day When We Were Young in the tight space of a purpose-built auditorium.

Rain continues until Saturday - and on Thursday and Saturday all three plays will be performed back-to-back.