Arts & Entertainment

‘A Steady Rain’ on the just and unjust

The Edge dives into the darkness of authority


Life and death decisions are part of the day-to-day routine for police officers, and that kind of pressure can prove too much for even the toughest person.

For the two Chicago plainclothes officers in “A Steady Rain,” reckoning with their past decisions will lead to a fissure in a lifelong friendship

Keith Huff’s “A Steady Rain” will run at The Edge, 1560 Teller St., from Friday, Aug. 29, through Sept. 28. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 p.m. Sundays.

“The notion to protect and serve is there for most police officers, but there is a power in the badge,” said director Terry Dodd. “This is a killer showcase for two roles about how the truth is a slippery subject.”

“Rain” follows officers Joey and Denny (played by executive and artistic director Rick Yaconis and Edge resident director Scott Bellot), who are forced to grapple with the fallout from a fatal error in judgment.

Dodd describes the show as a fractured story about two men who couldn’t be more different — Joey is single and lonely, and Denny is married with children. While they have butted heads most of their lives, they’ve managed to stay together, but only until bad judgment calls reemerge.

Bellot said his long relationship with Yaconis — he was a part of the theater’s first season — made getting to the headspace of these two men who have known each other for so long an easy task.

“They are two old-school tough guys who are best friends, and Rick and I have a really natural chemistry that lends itself to this role,” Bellot said. “I can’t imagine being in a position where you would have to make the kind of decisions these guys do.”

Dodd — whose father was an officer — said he wanted his two actors to get to know real police officers to help understand their characters, and so Bellot sat down in an interview with a Lakewood police officer and Yaconis went on a ride-along.

“We have to be able to get the cop element down, but in the end it’s a very human story about these guys’ lives,” Yaconis said. “They started their careers with the best intentions, but the audience can see how things change for them.”

Bellot, Dodd and Yaconis all raved about Huff’s script, which they describe as one of the best and most unique pieces they’ve had the chance to work with in some time.

“It’s the perfect fit for our small space, with just Scott (Bellot) and I helping the audience to see the action,” Yaconis said.

Bellot said the show will raise some questions for audience members, and Dodd added he hopes people leave “A Steady Rain” thinking about power and authority.

“There is a lot going on here about friendship, loyalty and what power can do,” Dodd said. “I think The Edge is the theater to watch, and it’s because of shows like this.”

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