Theatre Jezebel Sets Production of TAUT AND TOUGH-MINDED at Tron Theatre
Theatre Jezebel last presented work at the Tron Theatre in 2012, when they staged Colin Higgins screenplay, Harold and Maude to much acclaim. We're delighted to be working in co-production with them this autumn on the Scottish premiere of Keith Huff's (Mad Men, House of Cards) A Steady Rain, which will be directed by Mary McCluskey and designed by Kenny Miller.
In a blistering two-hander, hard-boiled Chicago police officers, Denny (Andy Clark, Colquhoun & MacBryde, Three Sisters) and Joey (Robert Jack, Stones in his Pockets), best friends from kindergarten, are being questioned by Internal Affairs interrogators about events that have taken place over a rain-soaked summer policing Chicago's streets. Recovering alcoholic Joey is ineffectual, lonely and secretly in love with Denny's wife. Tough-guy Denny indulges in casual racism and cheats on his wife with a prostitute on his beat. Their easy familiarity with one another means they cut corners on the job, and, in a hideously misjudged response to an apparent domestic disturbance, return a child to a sadistic killer, believing him to be the child's uncle.
Faced with the brutal reality of the situation they find themselves in, the bonds of their life-long friendship become stretched to the very limits. Since its 2009 Broadway debut starring Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig, the play has won major plaudits and Huff's writing is both gritty and gripping, with Denny and Joey compellingly human even when they're at their most contemptible.
'Huff's taut, tough-minded script takes potentially clichéd material - the moral challenges faced by cops on the urban mean streets - and makes it fresh and compelling.' Richard Zoglin, TIME Magazine (2009)
Running time: 1 hour 40 mins (including 15 minute interval)
Tickets are £10-£16. For more info call the box office at 0141 552 4267 or visit www.tron.co.uk