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Honest Pint’s Extraordinary Production of “A Steady Rain” Is a Must-See Crime Drama at NRACT

David Henderson (left) and Ryan Brock will star in "A Steady Rain" at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre

David Henderson (left) and Ryan Brock will star in “A Steady Rain” at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre

It was a lot like old times, seeing David Henderson and Ryan Brock on stage together, directed by C. Glen Matthews, working on a set built and lit by Miyuki Su. When you have a combination like that, you’re practically assured a hit. Honest Pint Theatre Company’s inaugural production of Keith Huff’s two-hander A Steady Rain is honest and captivating theater at its very best.

Brock and Henderson are Denny and Joey, respectively. They are lifelong friends now working together as cops whose lives spin out of control, into the darkest recesses. Both men have their own baggage they carry with them, but they support each other. They have a strong desire to bring the bad guys to justice and keep their town safe. Protect and serve. It is their greatest strength; it also unravels them. After a disturbance call ends in tragedy, the two men’s lives take sharp, unexpected twists and turns; deception, murder, and chaos — all in about 90 minutes.

Under Glen Matthews’ skillful direction, Henderson and Brock expertly navigate the treacherous waters of this wordy script and deliver a visceral, emotional punch that sticks with you long past the end. Henderson and Brock’s chemistry is practically palpable. Miyuki Su deftly transforms the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre stage into a claustrophobic interrogation room, subtly lighting it with graceful transitions that fully support the structure of the story.

There’s really very little else to say other than: buy a ticket and experience the show for yourself. Tickets are only $10 matinees and $15 evenings. It’s an incredibly cheap price for such an exhilarating ride.

SECOND OPINION: Aug. 24th Raleigh, NC Triangle Arts and Entertainment review by Susie Potter: http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2013/08/a-steady-rain-is-an-emotionally-charged-and-unforgettable-debut-for-honest-pint-theatre-company/; and Aug. 21st Durham, NC Indy Week mini-preview by Byron Woods: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/a-steady-rain/Event?oid=3639680. (Note: To read Triangle Arts and Entertainment’s online version of the Aug. 24th Triangle Review preview by Robert W. McDowell, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2013/08/david-henderson-and-ryan-brock-will-star-in-keith-huffs-crime-drama-a-steady-rain-at-nract/.)

Honest Pint Theatre Company presents A STEADY RAIN at 3 p.m. Aug. 25, 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, 3 p.m. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7, and 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center. TICKETS: $10 matinees and $15 evenings.

BOX OFFICE: https://www.vendini.com/.

SHOW: http://www.nract.org/upcoming-productions/a-steady-rain.

NEWS RELEASE: http://honestpinttheatre.blogspot.com/2013/08/press-release.html.

PRESENTER/BLOG: http://honestpinttheatre.blogspot.com/.

VENUE: http://www.nract.org/.

DIRECTIONS: https://maps.google.com/.

OTHER LINKS:

A Steady Rain (2007 Broadway drama): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Steady_Rain (Wikipedia).

The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).

Keith Huff (playwright): http://chicagodramatists.org/Content/Members/MemberPublicProfile.aspx?pageId=958233&memberId=4214402 (Chicago Dramatists bio).

C. Glen Matthews (director): https://www.facebook.com/cglen.matthews (Facebook bio).

Honest Pint Theatre Company presents A STEADY RAIN at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 and 31, 3 p.m. Sept. 1, 8 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7, and 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center.

TICKETS: $10 matinees and $15 evenings.

BOX OFFICE: https://www.vendini.com/.

SHOW: http://www.nract.org/upcoming-productions/a-steady-rain.

NEWS RELEASE: http://honestpinttheatre.blogspot.com/2013/08/press-release.html.

PRESENTER/BLOG: http://honestpinttheatre.blogspot.com/.

VENUE: http://www.nract.org/.

DIRECTIONS: https://maps.google.com/.

OTHER LINKS:

A Steady Rain (2007 Broadway drama): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Steady_Rain (Wikipedia).

The Script: http://books.google.com/ (Google Books).

Keith Huff (playwright): http://chicagodramatists.org/Content/Members/MemberPublicProfile.aspx?pageId=958233&memberId=4214402 (Chicago Dramatists bio).

C. Glen Matthews (director): https://www.facebook.com/cglen.matthews (Facebook bio).

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Jesse R. Gephart is a Raleigh, NC-based actor, director, and reviewer. A Gainesville, FL native, he earned a degree in Theatre Performance in 2005 from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He recently played free spirited speller Leaf Coneybear in Hot Summer Nights | Theatre Raleigh‘s April 24-May 5 production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and he is scheduled to direct Raleigh Little Theatre‘s Sept. 6-29 presentation of Art.

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14 Responses

  1. You’ve got to give Honest Pint credit for having the extreme fortune to launch their inaugural production with the assist of a rave review from their friend and collaborator, Jesse Gephardt. For those unaware, the reviewer of this show performed in numerous productions over a number of years with Mr. Matthews while a part of the Raleigh Ensemble Players company. The reviewer has also worked with both Mr. Henderson and Mr. Brock on enough shows in the past that I question his impartiality. There is a history between this group, left unsaid in the review.

    I hope in future, ‘Honest’ Pint will trust their work enough that they won’t feel the need for a ringer. Other production companies don’t have the benefit of having a friend reviewing their work as this group did.

  2. I am greatly looking forward to seeing two of my friends in their company’s inaugural performance. I find it extremely unprofessional of individuals to assume that because Jesse is a fellow actor/ director that he would bias his review. I hope he is able to come review Cuckoos Nest when we open next week. I have the utmost confidence that Jesse’s criticisms will be not far from the mark. Perhaps in the future if individuals wish to call people out in a public forum, they will have the BALLS to use their real names. By the by, it’s spelled Gephart.

  3. ValkrYie6D-

    First, I hope before you point out these concerns that you have seen Honest Pint’s production of A Steady Rain. One viewing and you will agree with every review, based on the stellar portrayal of the story by Henderson and Brock, the flawless direction of Matthews and the hauntingly beautiful set design of Su.

    If, however, you haven’t seen the show (and trust me- it’s one you don’t want to miss), then please make sure you reference all reviews. Though growing, Raleigh is a small town. And reviewers are often actors, directors, or have otherwise been engaged in the thriving theatre community of the Triangle. That does not, however, take away from the professionalism and knowledge of the reviewer.

    If your only concern is Gephart’s review of the show and connection to the cast and crew of the show, then I point you to these reviews (which are all linked at the end of Gephart’s review):

    Byron Woods, of the Independent gives A Steady Rain a five star review, stating “If it’s the hard stuff you’re after, Honest Pint has plenty to pour in this praiseworthy first effort.”

    The News & Observer offers this review (hyperlinked), calling the show a “stellar debut for Honest Pint Theatre Company“.

    And this review, second opinion from Triangle Arts & Entertainment comes from Susie Potter, calling it an “emotionally charged and unforgettable debut for Honest Pint Theatre Company.”

    The best part is, anyone can review any show. Seems like your hang up is short sighted, and frankly irrelevant. All reviews have value and provide unique insight to the theatre scene in the Triangle, regardless if the artists previous relationships.

    I find that placing quotes around the word Honest, in your comments, to be rude and indicative of a child-like tantrum, when truth is Honest Pint Theatre Company gave patrons what was promised, an incredible show with depth and immediacy, and a story that leaves the audience wanting more.

    Cheers to the Honest Pint Theatre Company for their stellar debut!

  4. Wow…so funny…Byron Woods in IndyWeek gave it 5 stars. Partial? Not a chance. Neither was Jesse.

    http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/honest-pint-theatres-a-steady-rain/Content?oid=3705679

  5. Hey ValkrYie6D-all the other reviews seem pretty similar.

    What’s your angle here? Are you an actor or director too, and perhaps you’re feeling some jealousy?

  6. ValkrYie6D — Have you seen the show? Where do you find the review to be inaccurate or biased? Are you making the assumption that just because the reviewer has a prior connection with the director and actors that nothing he writes can be trusted?

    In full disclosure, I know Jesse and have worked with him directly on several shows. I have read multiple reviews written by him in this and other fora, including other shows where he has connections to members of the company and have found those reviews to be pretty spot on to my impressions as well. I appreciate the depth and honest assessment he brings from his long experience in and love of theatre.

    I’ve also read several other reviews of this particular show, and heard from friends who have seen it, and ALL of what I have heard is enthusiastically positive. I look forward to seeing this show later this weekend.

  7. Should friends be allowed to review the work of their friends? I guess some can do it. I would personally find it difficult to take on such a role, while also trying to remain objective. It is an awkward fit, I think, but I guess this reviewer thinks he can remain above bias.

    I would agree that the reviewer should have shared his connections with the artists, though, simply for the sake of transparency.

    Out of curiosity, what sort of policy is in place to guard against cronyism when a reviewer reviews work done by his friends and co-workers? Can we assume that this reviewer will remove himself from working as an actor or director with the individuals who worked on this show, at least for a year or two? I can certainly see the potential for mistrust and favoritism if reviewers, who are also seeking work as artists, might slant their opinion to fit other aims. Basically, can one be the servant to two masters?

    I mean, I’m not saying it has happened, or will happen, in this case, mind you, but that there is at least a potential for abuse – I can understand why some might be concerned.

  8. With the Raleigh/Durham area theatre being as intertwined as it is I find it likely that most reviewers have worked with most cast and crew in one facet or another. That’s hardly grounds for suggesting a review is biased.

  9. I am sorry that ValkrYie6D ( I suspect not their real name) has never had the pleasure of actually meeting or working with Glen, David, Ryan or Jesse- and therefore would have no way of knowing these are 4 of the most talented, professional and ethical people working in the triangle. Perhaps that says more about the quality of ValkrYie6D’s work as a frustrated actor than Jesse’s ethics as a reviewer or David and Ryan’s talent as actors. I suspect Byron Woods, Roy Dicks and Susie Potter were also complicit in this ruse to fool the public into coming to see an amazing piece of art as their reviews were also full of praise. In the spirit of full disclosure yes, I was a company member of REP, think Glen walks on water and hope to one day have a talented and supremely tall child with Mr. Gephart. See ya at the theater!

  10. I’m somewhat surprised that an actor would actually wish to review his fellow actors, unless there is some sort of ulterior motive at play here. Now I can’t help but wonder about Mike’s previous associations with the reviewer, and why he is falling over himself to get Jesse to review him over all of the other reviewers at Triangle A&E. Will other actors be voicing their support of Jesse here to curry favor?

    In fairness to Triangle A&E, they did make the highly unusual decision to have a second reviewer for this play, perhaps because of these concerns.

  11. Please don’t hate…but i feel that valkryie raises a good point…

    i would have some serious trust issues working with an actor who then gets paid to judge his associates.

    it would make me very uncomfortable.

  12. After watching said performance, I have concluded that you haven’t seen Honest Pint’s A Steady Rain. You are clearly just a bitter shell of a person, who clearly is lacking a soldier’s funeral to protest. The performance I watched was close to perfection on stage.

  13. There are two issues here- the ethics of an actor being a reviewer- a potentially complicated issue worthy of discussion. But the second issue here and what the original poster kicked this off with is somehow ascribing Jesse’s review as a function of Honest Pint and calling into question the behavior of David, Ryan and Glen. Which is a ridiculous and bizarre accusation, especially if you have seen this show or quite frankly any of their work.