Magazine article Stage Directions

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Magazine article Stage Directions

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In The Rain

Do you know where I can get rain curtains? I think that's what they are called-shimmery and shiny thin strips close enough together to form a curtain.

Kent Cushman Via e-mail

Rain curtains, at their simplest, are two layers of Mylar slit in 1/8-" or 1/4"-uide strips, eight feet long and suspended from a ribbon of cloth across the top. Many small theatrical or costume suppliers offer them in a limited variety of sizes and colors, and these may be all you need. For example, Magic Makers Costumes Inc offers standard three-foot-wide by eight-foot-long curtains in gold or silver for about $23. (800-233-5810; www.magicmakers.com) You will also find basic rain curtains at local party supply outlets and suppliers for display professionals. However; for a greater choice of color and size--not to mention a product designed specifically for theater use--look for a national supplier of theatrical drape material. Examples include the following, all of which offer rain curtains in custom sizes to match your needs:

I. Weiss provides an excellent choice of slit widths (from 1/16" to 619 in its custom-made rain curtains. The standard finish includes two Mylar layers of one or two colors (your choice) with a matching color cloth at the top. You also specify the width of the curtain. The company offers free samples and color cards (888-3257192 www.i-weiss.com).

Rose Brand's custom rain curtains come in several finish styles, including metallic, semi-gloss, cracked ice, ins, fluorescent and diffraction. …

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