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Posted: Oct. 28, 2012 at 2:50 p.m.
THREE OAKS, MI The Chicago Commercial Collective is proud to announce the Chicago and Broadway hit drama "A Steady Rain," with its original cast, will have two performances at The Acorn Theater. The production, written by Keith Huff and directed by original director Russ Tutterow, runs Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.
"A Steady Rain" received its world premiere at the Chicago Dramatists in fall 2007 and was an instant hit. The production ran for six weeks before moving to the Royal George Theatre for a four-month run, and then opened on Broadway starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in September 2009. The Chicago Commercial Collective remounted "A Steady Rain" in Chicago with its original cast and crew at the Chicago Dramatists for a successful nine-week run in July 2012.
"A Steady Rain" is the story of two seasoned police officers, Denny (Randy Steinmeyer) and Joey (Peter DeFaria), who find themselves caught up in a conflict between family and duty when a seemingly routine domestic disturbance call results in the death of a boy. When the horrific truth of the situation is made public, one of the two must take the blame for the fatal mistake. Their life-long friendship is put to the test, as both men struggle with issues of honor, love and loyalty in the face of adversity.
Few other productions in recent Chicago history have garnered the rave reviews as "A Steady Rain." Critics have called it "a gritty, rich, thick, poetic and entirely gripping noir tale" (Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune); some of the most dazzling acting you will ever see anywhere (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times); and excellent, evocative" (Steve Oxman, Variety). In Chicago, the production won the 2008 Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best New Work, Best Actor (for Randy Steinmeyer) and Best Production. "A Steady Rain"'s New York adaptation broke box office records for highest weekly gross of a non-musical production on Broadway and was included in Time magazine's Top 10 Plays of 2009.
The design team for "A Steady Rain" includes set designer Tom Burch, lighting designer Jeff Pines, costume designer Samantha Jones, sound designer Mike Tutaj, and stage manager Wendye Clarendon.
Tickets, on sale now, are $30. Audience members are invited to stay after the Friday, Nov. 2 performance for "Drinks with the Boys," a meet-and-greet session with the cast of "A Steady Rain" at the Acorn Theater bar.
The Acorn Theater is located at 107 Generations Dr., Three Oaks, MI 49128. A full-service bar and other refreshments are available.
For tickets and information, call 269-756-3879 or log on to www.acorntheater.com.
About Chicago Commercial Collective
This is the first production for the Chicago Commercial Collective, a new company focused on producing Chicago theater of incredible quality and commercial appeal and fostering a new age among Chicago's mid-sized commercial theaters. The company is a partnership between Brian Loevner, Aurelia Fisher and Monty Cole.