Milwaukee is clearly in the grip of a growing controversy over its police department, with the death of a young boy at the heart of the clamor for reform in the police force.
In an example of how art mimics life, or the other way around, Milwaukee will be graced with a rare touring production of one of the great plays of recent years as "A Steady Rain" has a too-brief four-day run at Next Act Theatre.
The award-winning play is about two police officers who are involved in the death of a young boy. The focus of the play is on the two officers, Denny and Joey, and their perceptions of the incident and the fallout that rains down on their lives.
Most plays that tour and come to Milwaukee are the big musicals like "Wicked" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." This is an unusual chance to see a world-class serious play that certainly touches on Milwaukee today.
"A Steady Rain" was born in Chicago by playwright Keith Huff and nurtured to the stage by well-known director Russ Tutterow, who is the artistic director at Chicago Dramatists. Tutterow directed the original incarnation of the play and eventually sent it off to Broadway, where it starred Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig and played to universal critical and box office success.
The play has now been revived with the original director and original cast, actors Randy Steinmeyer and Peter De Faria.
"This play was such a hit that bringing it back was the logical thing to do," Tutterow said. "The reception from audiences has been wonderful.
"Keith Huff has family members who are cops and he was obviously moved by the whole Jeffrey Dahmer thing," he added. "That played a role in creating this wonderful work.
"This is not a play about police, though. It's a play about two individual, very flawed people, who happen to be cops. It's so interesting that people are just going to love it. They do love it."
The run is Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are $35. Tickets may be purchased online at nextact.org.
For more information on "A Steady Rain," visit asteadyrainchi.com.
This is one play that should not be missed.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published Dec. 12, 2013
What we tend to do is look back at the things that we wished had gone differently, or not happened at all. Then we turn our attention to the new year and our hopes for what's to come. As the song says, "regrets, we've had a few." My top 10 (or bottom 10) things and people that were on the wrong side of the ledger with me during 2013.
Published Dec. 11, 2013
It was 188 days ago that I made "The Promise" that may well turn out to destroy my self-image, mourn a milestone, make me afraid to ever show my face in public again. Or it may well be "The Promise" that fulfills my dream, celebrates a milestone, gives a little bit of pleasure to a lot of people, provides a few laughs and a chance for cocktails, and turns out a lot better than I thought.
Published Dec. 10, 2013
The Bucks seem almost to be like a car stuck in the mud. The wheels turn and they move forward a little and then they fall back. Over and over. But if there is one thing I've learned over a long time it's that when you try to fix things like an educational system or a professional basketball team, there is no silver bullet.
Published Dec. 7, 2013
We all know what a "Scrooge" is: a bitter, hateful penny-pincher with not an ounce of fun, joy or charity in his cold, cold heart. Well, watch your opinion change if you are lucky enough to see the Milwaukee Rep's 38th consecutive production of that classic holiday tale, "A Christmas Carol," at the glorious Pabst Theater.
Published Dec. 5, 2013
'Tis the season to be jolly. But what does it mean for something ike a city or a county? What makes the Milwaukee family jolly or happy? As the old year leaves at the end of holiday season Dave Begel is trying to get a handle on what we need to be a happy place.
Published Dec. 3, 2013
Has football changed so much that when your starting quarterback goes down you might as well toss your chips on the felt and walk away from the table?
Published Nov. 30, 2013
Christmas stories need a moment to galvanize an audience and make the story a memorable one, maybe bring some tears and possibly make people think a little differently about the holiday. Something like George Bailey getting the money. Or when Santa proves to be the real thing in "Miracle on 34th Street." On that score - and on every other - "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" hits the mark.
Published Nov. 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is here, so here's some of what Dave Begel is thankful for, not just today, but most of the time.
Published Nov. 27, 2013
During Ryan Braun's news conference, he talked about how he wasn't going to get into specifics about what had happened and that he was only focused on moving forward. The problem with that answer to questions from reporters is that it makes Braun continue to look like he's a liar.
Published Nov. 26, 2013
I know this is the season when we are supposed to be thankful for stuff. And I want to play, too. I'm thankful this Green Bay Packers season is almost over and we can all get on with fixing things for next year.