Sarah Bauer

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A Steady Rain

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 12-Feb. 3
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Jan. 14-28
3 p.m.
Jan. 22
7:30 p.m.
$28
Theater

Thanks to the casting of Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, A Steady Rain was a sensation on Broadway in 2009. The piece is a claustrophobic character study involving two emotionally crippled Chicago cops. Childhood friends, the men have developed a co-dependent relationship, as recovering alcoholic Joey follows the lead of the domineering Denny, a supposed family man whose marital commitment is as pliable as his sense of ethics. When a shocking event triggers Denny’s reckless impulses and incites a succession of tragedies, Joey is compelled to weigh loyalty against self-preservation. Bracingly written by Keith Huff, known for his work on House of Cards and Mad MenA Steady Rainrecounts spiraling corruption via alternating monologues, as Denny and Joey attempt to placate interrogators. As such, the hardboiled narrative offers a showcase for the formidable acting of Dustin Bronson and Peter Christian Hansen. Under the direction of Ellen Fenster, the intensity of this Gremlin Theatre production will likely be further heightened by the intimate staging, allowing audiences a close view of shared madness.


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