Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Rain Man | Theatre Royal, Windsor | Tuesday, August 21
MAKING its Theatre Royal debut, Bill Kenwright’s production of Rain Man was a wonderful homage to an Eighties movie classic.
Upon the death of his father, Charlie (Ed Speleers) discovers a long-lost brother, Raymond (Matthew Horne), residing in a mental institution.
Learning that his entire inheritance will go to Raymond, Charlie is driven to borrow his brother for the week — and while Raymond struggles with human contact and interaction, he has numeracy skills that come in handy in a casino setting...
The story draws out a myriad of existentialist emotions, as snappy and selfish Charlie haphazardly attempts to add a little pizzazz to the life of his withdrawn sibling, and Raymond in return reveals some moving shared childhood moments. As they bond, we see more three-dimensional elements to Charlie, who realises that Raymond was the “Rain Man” he remembers as an imaginary friend.
As the accidental road-trip adventure drew to its conclusion, clichéd as it may sound, we were all hushed and awed. This was a very moving, well thought out production and the (full house) audience clearly thought so too — as they gave it a standing ovation.
23 August 2018
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