A Steady Rain

A Steady Rain was written by Keith Huff (Mad Men, House of Cards). Originally produced on Broadway in 2009, starring Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, the film rights have been bought by Stephen Spielberg.

The play is a two-hander – in this production starring Vincent Regan (300, Troy, Clash of the Titans) and David Schaal (The Office, The Inbetweeners).  It is such an excellent production that I cannot imagine that the Craig/Jackman production could have been any better!  Two hours long, it is the story of a relationship between 2 policemen in Chicago. They have been friends since kindergarten and come from the same area. They are, at the beginning of the play, partners on the beat on the rough Chicago streets. The Irish-American, Joey, has had a drink problem and has little going for him – but Denny – an Italian-American – has been trying to look after him and to set him up with a suitable (or even an unsuitable) woman. It is a gritty story, not for those who are offended by bad language, or those who have a delicate stomach.  Superbly acted, the setting is very minimalist and uses sound, light and back projection to assist the story telling. As the tale unravels, so does the police officer, Denny – and so does the relationship between the two men.  The reasons for this are such that writing about them would act as a spoiler.  Suffice it to say that the Saturday afternoon audience was rapt throughout. The set up of the theatre meant that one is very near to the action, which only assists in the feelings that the play (and the players) engenders. At times harrowing, sometimes funny, I would highly recommend it – get tickets now before they sell out!

Maria Way

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