Big knife

Big Knife Reviews

Raven Theatre East Stage (Chicago, IL)

Reviews & Ratings

38 ratings
3.8 average rating
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34 reviews
4 stars
attended Sep 11 2012

Performances were fantastic, there were certain scenes you could cut the tension with a knife. The first act dragged a little long, but everyone was great. And that Connie, what a dame!

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1 review
0 stars
attended Sep 11 2012

Not a good play to begin with, sadly miscast here, limply directed. The first act seemed to last forever, and the evening as a whole moved along like continental drift. What the director doesn't get is that Odets plays are Yiddish theater, badly...continued

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57 reviews
17 stars
attended Sep 11 2012

Sitting in the second row center, I was dismayed by the amount of cigarette smoking taking place onstage. Had I known of the smoke in advance, I might not have attended or I would have sat further away.

All other aspects of the show were well...continued

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15 reviews
9 stars
attended Sep 21 2012

Superbly acted, excellent story - another fabulous production by The Raven. A must-see!

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Andrea L
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92 reviews
3 stars
attended Sep 13 2012

The writing was very stilted and literary, sometimes psycho-social or philosophical soliloquies. Some acting was very good, some not so. The set and costumes were fabulous.

For someone who's interested in the history of theatre in the 20th...continued

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71 reviews
13 stars
attended Sep 29 2012

Wonderful production values: Fifties-style set is way cool. Not sure I liked the play entirely but it was an entertaining journey to find out.

Acting consistently good. Could slow down a little here and there to emphasize a point. I think the...continued

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146 events
68 reviews
491 stars
attended Sep 11 2012

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! The set design was amazingly well done,and the acting was passionate and powerful! The Raven is a wonderful theater that is welcoming and intimate! My husband and I ENJOYED this play, and encourage you to experience it for...continued

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janet
78 events
68 reviews
21 stars
attended Sep 13 2012

strong acting. Enjoyable fare. A bit long in the tooth (for me anyhow, hadn't slept night before) but still very worth the drive. As always, Raven delivers.

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j
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67 reviews
12 stars
attended Sep 14 2012

Good set, costumes and hair. Chuck Spencer,Jennifer Dymit, and Jen Short very good. The leads, especially Liz Fletcher, appear to be portraying Episcopalians as they show little or no emotion during turmoil and disaster. 2 1/2 hours felt like 2...continued

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64 reviews
25 stars
attended Sep 14 2012

Play melodamatic but acting and set were very good. Not a bad evening!

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29 reviews
11 stars
attended Sep 13 2012

What a great night at the theater! Raven Theater is celebrating it's 30th year and it continues to be one of the best theater groups in Chicago. "The Big Knife" was a good play, exremely well acted, in a beautiful theater. Great performances by...continued

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27 reviews
32 stars
attended Nov 04 2012

Very moving and enjoyable story
The directon was a little stagy and the actress playing the wife ( a not convincingly written figure in the first plce) was absolutely terrible
The rest of the cast was good the actors playing the movie bad guys...continued

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57 events
22 reviews
5 stars
attended Sep 11 2012

The show was great the acting was crisp.

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20 reviews
13 stars
attended Sep 14 2012

I did not enjoy this production at all; it was extremely slow moving and the point totally escaped me -- I left during the intermission but doubt that I missed anything.

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20 reviews
2 stars
attended Sep 13 2012

I enjoyed the play except it was way too long. There was a lot of dialogue that could have been left out. I liked that the stage was one set and I thought the characters were very defined.

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39 events
20 reviews
1 stars
attended Sep 21 2012

Very good, excellent insight to Hollywood's working especially in the 40's but could just as well be today maybe.

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27 events
17 reviews
14 stars
attended Oct 06 2012

The players were very good and the set was very well done. The problem is the play itself. In my opinion, it was not worth reviving.

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13 reviews
0 stars
attended Sep 16 2012

The acting was a bit stilted and the rhythm was off - perhaps these things will meld before regular performances begin. Standout performances for this preview were Jen Short, Ron Quade, Chuck Spencer, and JoAnn Montemurro. Liz Fletcher's acting...continued

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13 reviews
4 stars
attended Sep 17 2012

The staff was friendly and the theatre was very comfortable and welcoming. Really liked the lobby as well as the main theatre. The theatre space reminded me of the Appollo on Lincoln Ave. With a smaller seating capacity, not a bad seat in the...continued

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10 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 28 2012

I loved the movie and found the play a disappointment. the play was weak, especially first 2 acts and the cast led by an OK lead was not up to the task.

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