Thursday, October 22, 2009
Keith Huff's play "A Steady Rain"
Two Chicago cops tell the story of their suspension for being derelict of duty, a story of vice, alcoholism, drugs, cannibalism, marital infidelity, violent shootings, dead or dying children . . . and soon you begin to wonder how much more can the story take before descending into melodramatic TV cop drama, and then you realize not very much. Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman try hard to make the script work, but in vain. You wonder what their agents were thinking when they got their stars the gig. Jackman over-acts as the tough, trigger-happy, family man. Craig is more natural, easier to watch. His love for Jackman's wife is the most believable part of the Keith Huff script. The production at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is directed by John Crowley.