There has been a great deal of excitement about Keith Huff’s intense drama, “A Steady Rain,” which opened September 29 at Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City.
Directed by John Crowley, this is a one-act, 90-minute play without intermission. The plot follows two friends and Chicago cops, portrayed by Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, who fill the two-man cast.
The play entered previews on September 10, during which time attendance remained at full capacity for the 1,071-seat theater. Paid admission averaged about $138 per ticket over the course of previews, bringing in a gross of $1.15 million for the week ending September 27, according to numbers from the Broadway League.
In addition to creating a terrific response in both money and attendance, Jackman caused a big buzz this opening week with his pithy response to a cell phone interruption during the performance, to the delight of the audience.
With both actors largely heralded by critics and applauded by record audiences, the 12-week run should be a successful one for this high drama.
Evening performances for “A Steady Rain” are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and 8 p.m. each Wednesday through Saturday. Matinees run Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Exceptions are an added performance is slated for October 1 at 2 p.m. and a dark night on November 26.
Gerald Shoenfeld Theatre is located at 236 West 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Scheduling and ticketing details are available on the production’s official Web site.
Opening Night: ‘A Steady Rain’
|Variety||David Rooney||“…riveting theater.”|
|New York Times||Ben Brantley||“Rarely do fans have the thrill of seeing two of their favorite testosterone-charged action heroes square off…”|
|The Los Angeles Times||Charles McNulty||“[They] earn their adulation, magnifying what’s most gripping about Huff’s writing even when the drama, stretched thin with bang-bang incident, becomes considerably less believable over time.”|
|USA Today||Elysa Gardner||“The events informing ‘A Steady Rain’ would make a heck of an action movie.”|
|Entertainment Weekly||Thom Geier||“While I have my reservations about Craig’s porn-stache — a look that 007 could never get away with, thank heavens — I have to say that both stars look rugged, handsome, and intense. They can walk my beat any day.”|
|Talkin’ Broadway||Matthew Murray||“Monumentally successful casting. Producers and audiences everywhere — assuming they can get tickets — should look at ‘A Steady Rain’ as the ultimate example of the magic that smart star power — and smart star casting — can work.”|