Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Steady Rain Shines on Broadway

I went with one of my very close friends to see a show I really wasn't sure was going to be one that would be a highlight in this relatively new Broadway Show season. Fortunately for us, the show is a real winner indeed. The play is called A Steady Rain which is a new American play written by Chicago native Keith Hoff, a member of Chicago Dramatists, a very well known theatrical organization.

Mr. Hoff has written A Steady Rain which has been performed Off Broadway a while back and is playing at New York's Gerald Schoenfeld Theater for a very limited 12 weeks only. This play is the first in what will be Mr. Hoff's trilogy of stories he has written. The other two, just completed recently are called The Detectives Wife and Tell Us of the Night. A Steady Rain is fortunate to have John Crowley as its director.

A Steady Rain is a two character play about two extremely close-knit, life long friends that are also police officers and partners and how events that take place during several days in their life affect their relationship. The setting is in modern day Chicago. The excellent writing in A Steady Rain is complimented by two very capable all-around actors of modern times, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

I have seen Hugh Jackman a few years ago when he starred in The Boy From Oz on Broadway. That show also played in Australia as well. Mr. Jackman won Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards for The Boy From Oz. He also starred in Carousel at New York's Carnegie Hall. He also appeared in Oklahoma! in New York and in London and he received an Olivier Award nomination for the London production. In addition he played in Sunset Boulevard for which he won the MO Award, which is the Australian equivalent to our Tony Award here. Lastly he received a MO Award nomination for his starring role in Beauty and the Beast. Hugh Jackman has appeared in many films as well, most recently starring in the X- Men series as Wolverine. In A Steady Rain, he plays the role of Denny, a veteran Chicago cop who is married and has 2 children.

Daniel Craig plays the role of Joey, Denny's single, police office partner and very close friend. Mr. Craig is an extremely talented character actor who is making his Broadway debut in A Steady Rain. He is best known as playing the starring role of James Bond # 6 in Casino Royale.. He has appeared in lots of movies and on the stage overseas. Although I never had the opportunity to see him act previously, I am sure Mr. Craig will have a very long career and hope to see him back on Broadway in the near future.

Since this is only a two character actor play, both gentlemen do a superb job at performing their monologues while still managing to get the audience to feel like we could very well be at the dining room table with them or next to them while driving in their police cars. Not an easy feat when you consider that there is really no scenery on stage, just 2 light fixtures. They manage to get you to feel for each of these men as their struggles come to light.

A Steady Rain is only 90 minutes long and has no intermission. Although many performances are sold out, I have found out that there are still tickets available for many performances as well.

If you think you might like to see a performance of A Steady Rain, it might make sense to start looking for tickets now. If you want some advice on where to look for tickets at reasonable "non scalper" prices, give me a call personally at Applause Ticket Agency right here in New York City. We can search the inventory of available seats for you and offer a good seat at a fair price. No pressure of course.

If you can use some advice on other Broadway Show possibilities, click here for an up-to-date current listing of shows. Applause offers many popular shows at below face value prices as sometimes shows that don't sell all their seats offer special rates for our customers.

I love the Broadway Theater and wish you memorable times there, whatever you choose to see.

Good luck to you.

Rich Gladstone
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