Chicago Takes Center Stage in New York

In this fall's crop of serious Broadway dramas, even the foreigners have Chicago accents

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Daniel Craig, right, and Hugh Jackman are shown in a scene from, A Steady Rain.

Even in his hometown of Chicago, Keith Huff was hardly a playwriting superstar. Though the author of about 50 plays, many of them produced at respected Second City theaters like Steppenwolf and Chicago Dramatists, he still needed a day job--editing for a medical website--to help support himself, his wife and their 8-year-old daughter. Yet now he's a Broadway hot ticket. True, he has a couple of big movie stars to thank--Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman, who were somehow persuaded to star in his play A Steady Rain. But they're only helping affirm a hard truth for New York City's sometimes insular...

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