Heavy Rain, as performed by the Video Game Theatre Players, is a tour de force performance from Pat Gill as grieving father Ethan Mars.
Gill was supported competently by Jeff Ramos as Scott Shelby, and Simone de Rochefort (no relation) as Madison Paige.
The final confrontation between the three players is stunning — beautifully staged, with real rain effects which left the actors drenched. Despite the chill that no doubt seeped deep into his thespian bones, Gill’s presence was strong, defiant. His emotional wounds became our emotional wounds, as he screamed “Shaun” over and over and over and over and over again.
Now, longtime theatre fans will remember the original script for Heavy Rain contained no such Shaun-screaming, at least not in this quantity. The script that the Video Game Theatre Players are realizing for us today is an alternative version, adapted to emphasize the relationship between father Ethan, and his second-worst son, Shaun. By highlighting familial love, and the bonds that unite fathers and sons, this script is far more powerful than the original.
All in all, the Video Game Theatre’s adaptation of Heavy Rain is well worth a watch.