It’s an interesting combination plate – this daughter of a white Jewish go-go dancer mother and a black drug addicted famous comic father. It ain’t exactly bagels and lox!
She talks about everything from slavery and lynching and kibitzes about everyone, how her Mom became Joan Crawford from the hood when she went to see the Principal at Rain’s school to tell him off. She does a fine interpretation of her father Richard Pryor’s grandmother and talks openly about her father’s drug problems and attempts at suicide.
Rain is as good a blues singer as she is a storyteller, concluding her show with a rendition of “God Bless the Child” accompanied by a three piece band under the musical direction of Charles Lindberg, with Chris Smith on bass and Edwin Briscoe, percussionist.
This one-woman show is revealing, and is a catharsis for Rain who had such complex growing up years and is able to speak so much truth and raw emotion, turning difficult times into laughter. Surely laughter heals.
Fried Chicken and Lakes plays at the Actors Temple on West 47th Street on Saturday, Sundays and Mondays. Ticket Information: Telecharge: 1-800-432-7250 or 212-239-6200,www.telecharge.com