There is always an element of danger when transferring a hugely successful film to the stage.
Here, Dan Gordon has managed to create a script that just about defines the complexity of both the story and characters whilst staying true to the original work.
The two brothers, reunited through their father’s death could not be more different. The harsh, business driven Charlie (Chris Fountain) apparently, without compassion, seems an unlikely companion for the savant Raymond on this occasion played by the excellent Adam Lilley.
The relentless swearing lessens any sympathy we could feel with Charlie however, Chris Fountain manages to find a way through this and the relationship with Raymond is cemented. The second act flows with greater ease leading to a beautifully crafted final picture.
The simplistic staging and choreographed scene changes keep the piece slick and methodical, much of the structure reflecting the need for routine that shapes Raymond’s life.
Elizabeth Carter as Susan is a strong moral compass; desperate to get to the soul of Charlie and understand the needs of Raymond.
However, the evening belongs to Adam Lilley in his excellent detailed portrayal of Raymond. It is an endearing and honest performance with great integrity, the appreciation of the audience was clear.
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Reviewer: Petra Schofield
Rain Man, by Dan Gordon, is a The Classic Screen to Stage Theatre Company production, at the Theatre Royal in Bath.
The show is appearing until Saturday 19th January 2019. For more information, and tickets, visit the Theatre Royal website.