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A Steady Rain

ensemble theatre · put that coffee down productions · Ages 17+ · United States of America

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Review by RANDY ROBERTS

June 05, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

You are not going to see a more intense and perfectly matched pair of actors than R.J. DeBard and Andy Hoff doing what they are born to do. A Steady Rain starts out innocent enough with great lines delivered with perfect comic timing. The tension just starts to build without you even realizing it. Before you know it, you’re swept up in the action, which is where you’ll stay until the final curtain. Brilliantly directed by John Kirby, this is one of the “must see” events at this years Fringe Festival!

What I didn't like

Too Short

My overall impression

“A Steady Rain” at Hollywood Fringe is, in a word, intense. Hey, it’s about a pair of Chicago cops….duh!
And while we see a lot of cop shows on the big and little screens, this one on stage is unique in its approach. We see these two men relating to each other face to face…. and yet also speaking to the audience about each other. A tricky challenge, and it works!
That’s thanks to RJ DeBard and Andy Hoff who portray the characters and director John Kirby who’s taken this former Broadway play in another direction.
There’s humor, there’s conflict and mostly there’s the human dilemma of maintaining friendship amidst growing rivalry.
Adding to the production values: interesting video projection and good sound effects.
Don’t miss it!

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