Chicagoland’s Finest: Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain

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By Natasha Lewin

From l, Tom Kelly and Sal Viscuso in “A Steady Rain.”

From l, Tom Kelly and Sal Viscuso in “A Steady Rain.”

Many remember Keith Huff’s A Steady Rain from the infamous Broadway run with Hollywood powerhouses Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman but perhaps not for their cadence with a rough-and-tumble Chicago accent, but for a certain cell phone incident. Regardless, forget the big names. In the Odyssey Theater’s latest production of Huff’s award-winning play, both Thomas Vincent Kelly and Sal Viscuso get that grating Chicagoan loyalty down to a heartbreaking reality in this dynamic, cop-buddy play gone all kinds of wrong.

Best friends and boys-in-blue partners hoping for that ever-allusive promotion to detective, Joey and Denny spit firecracker monologues, dialogues, and duo-logues about their fall from grace as the good cop/bad cop story unfolds. Set in the horrific era of Jeffrey Dahmer’s serial-killing spree in the ‘90s, A Steady Rain explores the relationship between two men and their differing codes of ethics.

So if it’s a night of big names you seek, director Jeff Perry is not only the star of NBC’s Scandal, he’s also the co-founder of Chicago’s internationally-acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater, while playwright Keith Huff won a WGA award for AMC’s Mad Men and is currently a writer/producer for David Fincher’s popular House of Cards. Plus Steven Spielberg’s already attached to direct the film of A Steady Rain.

A Steady Rain is showing through April 20 at the Odyssey Theater located at 2055 Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and $30 on Saturdays and Sundays. To purchase, call (310) 477-2055 or go to OdysseyTheatre.com.

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