Big Knife: A Searing Hollywood Drama by Clifford OdetsRaven Theatre East Stage (6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660)
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Neil Simon changed the course of his career when he wrote Brighton Beach Memoirs, the first play of his Tony Award-winning Eugene Trilogy. Never before had Simon's writing been so personal, reflecting the actual individuals and hardships that defined his Depression-era youth. Brighton Beach Memoirs centers around Eugene Morris Jerome, a Jewish American teenager in the throes of puberty. Complicating Eugene's coming-of-age are the relatives that crowd his family's Brooklyn apartment, including his parents, his older brother, his aunt and his two female cousins, one of whom he finds far too attractive for his own good. Critics have praised the play for its humor, but also for its clear-eyed look at the tough choices that faced many American families in the '30s. Brighton Beach Memoirs has all the force and vitality of real memories -- and like them, lingers in the mind for years. Learn More
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Written on Nov 05 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 and the god guy agent were wonderful
Written on Oct 29 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.
Written on Oct 22 2012
Clifford Odets' play remains relevant even today. The acting however was merely competent, not stellar.
Written on Oct 18 2012
WOW! What an amazing theatre experience! The script was fabulous, the set was absolutely stunning, the costumes were beautiful, and the acting was great! And Raven Theatre's space itself was spacious and comfortable - and we only got to see one side of it (there are two spaces in the same building). I HIGHLY recommend seeing Big Knife, and I look forward to seeing more shows by The Raven next time I'm in Chicago.
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Director Michael Menendian is a founding member and the Producing Artistic Director of Raven Theatre, where he has directed and designed sets for many productions, earning numerous Joseph Jefferson and After Dark awards. He received a 2010 Jeff nomination for his direction of Raven's Death of a Salesman. Other productions include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Hedda Gabler, Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, The Night of the Iguana, Dancing at Lughnasa, Golden Boy, Marvin’s Room, A Streetcar Named Desire, A View from the Bridge, and Glengarry Glen Ross.
The cast of Big Knife includes: Jason Huysman (Charlie Castle) who is a new Raven ensemble member where he has been seen in Dating Walter Dante, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Cherry Orchard; Liz Fletcher (Marion Castle) who has been seen in Raven productions including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Golden Boy and Streetcar Named Desire and Marvin’s Room; Greg Caldwell (Smiley Coy) who has been seen in Raven productions including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Odd Couple, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Death of a Salesman; Ian Novak (Hank Teagle) who was last seen at Raven in Hedda Gabler and has performed with Oak Park Festival, Lifeline, Chicago Shakespeare and the Goodman; Chuck Spencer (Marcus Hoff) who has been seen in Raven productions including The Price, Death of a Salesman, The Exonerated and A Few Good Men and has also performed with Red Twist, Steppenwolf, Eclipse and Gift Theatre; Mike Boone (Buddy Bliss) who is a new Raven ensemble member and has been seen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, The Room, and Talk to Me Like the Rain; Jen Short (Connie Bliss) who was recently seen in Raven's Bang the Drum Slowly and Bus Stop and has stage managed several Raven productions; Ron Quade (Nat Danziger) who has been seen in Raven productions including The Cherry Orchard, Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman and A Few Good Men; Jennifer Dymit (Dixie Evans) who makes her Raven debut and has performed with Steppenwolf, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble and First Folio; JoAnn Montemurro (Patty Benedict) who is a co-founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Raven where she has been seen in The Cherry Orchard, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Marvin's Room among many others.
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Raven Theatre's mission is to establish itself as an important voice in regional theater, focusing on American classics, as well as new and lesser-known projects that shed light on the "American Experience." The company's mission is realized by uniting an ensemble of Chicago-based theater artists from diverse disciplines who work together with the goal of maintaining a high standard of artistic excellence with programming easily accessible to patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thereby enriching our community's cultural life. Vigorously fresh revivals of masterpieces by great playwrights such as Miller, Williams, Saroyan and Mamet introduce new audiences to established classics, while original and lesser-known works give voice to the next generation of playwrights. Through Raven's Children's Theatre Program, the company seeks to present a wide range of theatrical education and entertainment options applicable across a broad academic spectrum.