A Steady Rain

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

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Review by ED SHARROW

June 11, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: five stars · award worthy · Engaging

What I liked

Captivating performances by Andy Hoff and R.J. DeBard kept me riveted to the story. When Denny pointed his service revolver at me and told me to get face down on the ground with my hands behind my head, I could barely remain in my seat.

Great performances like this are the reason that live theater exists and continues to entertain throughout the ages.

I would have liked to observe director John Kirby’s work with the actors during the development of this staging. The emotional intricacies of these characters had to require hours of collaborative work.

What I didn't like

Over the past few years, I favor supporting new works at Hollywood Fringe Festival. This decade old play that was inspired by events that took place nearly two decades earlier remains relevant but felt a bit dated to me. My mind wanted to draw more connections to the policing issues faced today. This isn’t really a “didn’t like”, it’s more of a “would have liked”. The script is amazing.

My overall impression

Dramatic perfection. Acting, directing and writing that exceeds expectation.

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