A Steady Rain

  • Our critic's rating:
    September 1, 2009

    What the popular press said...

    BEN BRANTLEY for NEW YORK TIMES says, "Confidently holds the stage, though it rarely generates excitement."

    JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ for NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says, "Pours forth a familiar lesson: Megastars can turn reading the phone book into an event. But that doesn't guarantee a wholly satisfying experience."

    ELISABETH VINCENTELLI for NEW YORK POST says, "A meat-and-potatoes play served on a silver platter."

    JOHN SIMON for BLOOMBERG says, "Enough plot for three tabloid stories (attempted and actual killings, pimping, whoring, adultery, betrayal and whatnot) but insufficient depth for truly affecting theater."

    ELYSA GARDNER for USA TODAY says, "It's hard to imagine a better vehicle for two actors who clearly don't need larger-than-life characters to deliver grand performances. "

    DAVID SHEWARD for BACK STAGE says, "Offers one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in many seasons. This is mainly due to John Crowley's tight direction and the masterful performances"

    ROMA TORRE for NY1 says, "At best a modest drama for Broadway that not even the strength of Wolverine and James Bond could turn into must-see theater."

    PETER MARKS for WASHINGTON POST says, "The stars' surface ruggedness is the evening's only magnetic facet."

    MICHAEL KUCHWARA for ASSOCIATED PRESS says, "May have inflated expectations, especially for those who want more than a little face time with two genuine movie stars."

    FRANK SCHECK for HOLLYWOOD REPORTER says, "Increasingly melodramatic and ridiculous, but the two stars are so compelling onstage"

    DAVID ROONEY for VARIETY says, "The performances are not star turns but complex characterizations that peel back layer upon layer of reticent self-protection to reveal increasingly uncomfortable truths."

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