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American Stage performs story of police officers in crisis in 'A Steady Rain'

A Steady Rain is a play that American Stage has been wanting to perform for a while. Keith Huff's two-person play about a pair of Chicago policemen was originally scheduled for last summer, but it was replaced by its polar opposite, a Neil Simon comedy, Barefoot in the Park.

Producing artistic director Todd Olson explained at the time that he thought the theater's audience was in the mood for lighter fare, plus there were some questions about performance rights to the drama.

Now Huff's play is back on the schedule, opening Friday as part of a double bill with 2.5 Minute Ride, the one-woman show by Lisa Kron, starring Lisa Powers. (Each show is ticketed separately.) However, the production of A Steady Rain, directed by T. Scott Wooten, had a change in casting last week, when Gene D'Alessandro, playing Denny, was replaced by Justin Campbell. Joey is played by Drew DeCaro.

A Steady Rain was a runaway hit on Broadway in 2009 with Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman as cops in crisis. During a domestic disturbance call, they make a terrible mistake in judgment by returning a frightened Vietnamese boy to a man who claimed to be his uncle but turned out to be a serial killer. Now the two face an investigation of their actions.

In notes with the script, Huff describes his play as "a duologue. Joey and Denny speak directly to the audience and tell their story, which, from time to time, is not exactly the same story. At times they are testifying before an internal affairs review board. At times they are vying with each other for credibility."

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

American Stage performs story of police officers in crisis in 'A Steady Rain' 03/14/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 4:30am]
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