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A Steady Rain

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This gritty tragedy tells the story of a self-destructive cop on a downward spiral so well it is painful to watch.

In a series of dialogues and monologues, delivered in strong Chicago street accents, on a stark stage with a handful of props, the two actors flesh out full-blown characters.

Joey and Denny, friends since kindergarten, are partners on the Chicago police force. Denny is on the take, hits his wife, has a hooker on the side, believes the white man is under attack and bullies Joey and everyone else in his path. Somehow, he earns the audience’s sympathy.

Joey has his issues, too — lonely and single, he has struggled with a drinking problem.

But these flawed human beings’ troubles really begin when they answer a call to an incident inspired by cannibalistic killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Breaking police procedure, they return a drugged young boy to the killer. When it’s discovered, they are universally shunned and suspended. In the end, only one can be saved.

A warning: this play contains foul language, offensive racial slurs and violence, none of it gratuitous.

— Julie Carl

From the Fringe program:

A dark duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A Steady Rain explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs, violence and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line.

Director: Ryan McDonald

Cast: Kris Novak, Jimmy Elston

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots, Strobe Lights, Herbal Cigarettes

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