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Friday, February 28, 2014

Final Weekend for barebones’ A Steady Rain

Posted By on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Three performances remain for this taut cop melodrama, onstage at the New Hazlett Theater.

David Whalen and Patrick Jordan in A Steady Rain
  • David Whalen and Patrick Jordan in "A Steady Rain"

If you like stories of loyalty and betrayal on the thin blue line, this one’s for you, with strong performances by David Whalen and Patrick Jordan as cops and life-long friends whose bond begins to fray over ethical issues and the demands and dangers of the job.

Here’s Michelle Pilecki’s review for CP.

The show’s curiously structured as a sort of duologue: There are just two characters, they’re both onstage for the whole thing, and rather than interacting, they mostly take turns telling their own version of events.

It’s the latest in a recent run of local productions like this — one-actor shows Poe’s Last Night, South Side Stories, Underneath the Lintel and The Great One, plus Quantum’s Madagascar, which is made of three interlacing monologues. (And coming up is one-actor show An Iliad, at the Public.)

So nearly half of Pittsburgh's locally produced theater since Jan. 1 eschews actors responding directly to each other in real time.

Don’t get me wrong: All of these shows have their merits, and it’s probably a coincidence that they’re all running within two months of each other. This sort of storytelling is venerable in its own right. And of course, shows with small casts are attractive to companies because they’re cheaper to produce.

But I hope it’s not a trend. There’s too much life to be had in more “interactive” (in the onstage sense) shows, like barebones’ own vibrant 2013 The Motherfucker With the Hat and Point Park REP’s recent, corruscating Heads.

The New Hazlett is located at 6 Allegheny Square East, on the North Side.

Tickets for A Steady Rain are $30-35 and can be found here.

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