Right up front, you need to know that Cops, the drama at the Phoenix Stage Company in Oakville, features very strong adult language and sexual content. Actually, if there are more than three sentences uttered without the “F” bomb in it, it would be surprising. This is a play about a couple of bad cops and what happens when they encounter a gunman in a dangerous situation in a local diner.
Terry Curtis Fox, who penned episodes of Hill Street Blues, a police-centered television series, set his play in Chicago in the mid-1970s. However, considering how often we hear reports of white cops shooting black suspects, this production at the Phoenix Stage Company is certainly timely today and just as controversial.