Law enforcement dramas in film and on TV are so prevalent for a simple reason: police work is fraught with all the classical elements of high drama -- conflict, danger, tested loyalties, moral ambiguities and paradoxes. Any given day on the job could be your last, and the absolute life-or-death reliance on your coworkers (in the case of the patrol officer, your partner) results in bonds being forged that are stronger than those of more mundane and safer professions. Keith Huff's play A Steady Rain tells the story of two Chicago cops, Joey and Denny, who are longtime partners and best friends. Their loyalty to one another is solid and unquestioned, until a bad decision throws everything into turmoil and sets the two against each other. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis presents A Steady Rain Wednesday, January 18, through Sunday, February 5, at the Emerson Studio Theatre in the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves; 314-968-4925 or www.repstl.org). There are no performances on Monday. Tickets are $37.50 to $58.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through Feb. 5, 2012