“A STEADY RAIN” A GRIPPING AND GRITTY POLICE DRAMA


BONNIE GOLDBERG

Two men, whose lives have been intertwined since elementary school days, who are more like brothers than many siblings, are both on the Chicago police force, frustrated neither one of them has made detective.  Denny is the family man, with a wife Connie and two young sons, a home to treasure and protect, while Joey has a bottle all too often for his companionship.

Until Sunday, May 8, TheaterWorks of Hartford will be laying bare these two men’s souls in the gripping and gritty drama “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff. You may learn much more than you care to about how each man leads his life and executes his job responsibilities.

The play opens to the disappointment that neither man has made the coveted promotion to detective; despite good test scores they have been overlooked.  An event punctuates the night and changes lives irrevocably when a bullet pierces the picture window at Denny’s home and strikes his baby son with critical consequences.

Denny’s anger and need for revenge color his actions and he takes his brutality out on those closest to him in his frustration.  He has never been completely honest about his dealings on the force, cutting moral corners to provide for his family.  These destructive and dangerous dealings, being less than truthful, come back to poison him and those he loves.  Will his wife Connie and his best friend Joey stand by him as he perches on a cliff?  Will Joey cross a line that transforms loyalty into betrayal?  Can rage inspire truly heroic acts?  Tazewell Thompson directs a taut drama that will drown you in a flood of visceral emotions as Aaron Roman Weiner’s Denny confronts Kyle Fabel’s Joey in a fierce battle of wills.  Their performances are edged in steel.

For tickets ($40-62.50), call TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl Street, Hartford at 860-527-7838 or online at www.theaterworkshartford.org.  Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with weekend matinees at 2:30 p.m.  An art gallery upstairs is open for viewing 90 minutes before curtain, sponsored by The Hartford Financial Services Group.

March into the lives of a pair of police officers sworn to protect and defend, where the oath takes a twisted turn that can lead to deviousness and death. 

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