Big knife
3.8 / 5 Rated by 38 members
Review from Michael Keefer

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!

reviewed Sep 11 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

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

reviewed Sep 11 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from WindyDavy

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

reviewed Sep 11 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Jack Meyer

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

reviewed Sep 21 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from StefanieM

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

reviewed Sep 21 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Bob Armstrong

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

reviewed Sep 29 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Andrea L

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

reviewed Sep 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Kath Engelsman

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

reviewed Sep 11 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Barbara

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

reviewed Sep 14 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from j

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

reviewed Sep 14 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from MargeK

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

reviewed Sep 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from rkadanoff

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

reviewed Nov 04 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Joseph Addante

The show was great the acting was crisp.

reviewed Sep 11 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Stephanie Stephens

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.

reviewed Sep 14 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Cookie K

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.

reviewed Sep 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Arthur E

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.

reviewed Oct 06 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Holly A. Rumpel

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

reviewed Sep 17 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member

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

reviewed Sep 16 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Michael Alexander

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.

reviewed Oct 28 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from madeleine

Too long, too wordy, too overwrought. Needs lots of cutting and energy. Did not care about any of the characters. Made for a very long evening.

reviewed Sep 13 2012 report as inappropriate
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