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"Big Knife"
38 ratings
3.8 average rating
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39 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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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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15 reviews
10 stars
attended Sep 21 2012

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

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Raven Theatre

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.