Preview: A Steady Rain
- Gareth K Vile
- 5 September 2016
Two cops fight the good fight in a bad way
Theatre Jezebel gained a reputation for selecting scripts that are unafraid of addressing provocative issues: A Steady Rain, from Mad Men and House of Cards writer Keith Huff, dives into themes of friendship, police corruption and violent crime. A familiar scenario – two cops on the mean streets of Chicago – becomes a raw study of men surviving on the edges of justice.
Enlisting Robert Jack (Gary: Tank Commander) and Andy Clark (who is becoming a contemporary legend on the Scottish stage with his performances in Lanark and Prudencia Hart), director Mary McCluskey sees this production in the company's tradition.
'Theatre Jezebel has a belief in the strength of creatives working in Scotland today,' she says. 'We produce plays that Scottish audiences have not had the opportunity to see. Our approach is simple yet stylish, allowing the actors to tell the story and shine.'
With Kenny Miller on design duties, Jezebel promise a subtle yet striking set, and, for all its street-wise plot, McClusky recognises A Steady Rain's deeper qualities.
'It deals with universal issues that challenge the human condition. What is loyalty? How does a good man turn bad? Are people born evil or does circumstance make it so? How far is too far?'
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 16--Sat 24 Sep.