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96 Star Starred
Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
773-338-2177
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"Big Knife"
38 ratings
3.8 average rating
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39 reviews
12 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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21 reviews
4 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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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.

<em>The Assembled Parties</em> Blue Man Group Chicago <em>STOMP</em> <em>Crazy For You</em> <em>Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA</em> <em>The Illusionists -- Live From Broadway</em> <em>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time</em> <em>My Fair Lady</em> Joffrey Ballet's <em>The Nutcracker</em> Ballet Chicago's <em>The Nutcracker</em> <em>Thrones! The Musical Parody</em>