04 Dec Snow Falling Review
Snow Falling on Cedars Review by David MarloweSpare and clear as Haiku, Director Sam Wood’s “Snow Falling on Cedars” is also illuminating and poignant. Based upon the David Guterson novel that became a movie in 1999, the story deals with a newspaper reporter who’s covering a murder trial. A fisherman has been killed in Puget Sound and the man accused of the murder is the husband of the reporter’s teenage girl friend.
Ben Cowhick turns in a superb performance in the role of Ishmael Chambers, the reporter. Arlene Rapal is outstanding as Hatsue. Dale Li rivets as Kabuo Miamoto the accused man. Glenna Kelly turns in a very fine performance as the mother of the deceased fisherman.
The play includes flashbacks to scenes involving the American concentration camps for the Japanese while the War in the Pacific raged. Director Wood has brought together a fine cast that also includes Maria Cheng, Robert Payo, Wade Wood, Roger Simon, Brian Brooks and Christian Munck. Although one bank of lights failed to work on opening night the gallant cast managed to carry off the riveting drama with professional panache. The evocative sound design is one of the memorable highlights.