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The Big Knife is a theatrical production that delves on plot of a movie studio utilizing shameful acts and blackmail in order to keep its leading star in a long term legal contract, while he wishes to run out of town. This engaging play is one that should not be missed out on by those who enjoy watching great theatrics. If you are a fan of theater or want to be a part of a captivating and highly entertaining show then this is the perfect time for you to get The Big Knife tickets and enjoy a fabulous time at this event.
On the 24th of February in 1949, the play premiered on Broadway at the famed National Theatre. After 109 commendable performances, the show ended on the 28th of May in 1949. This Broadway premier of the play had been directed by Lee Strasberg and the character of Charles Castle was played by John Garfield. Now the first Broadway revival of the play has opened up at the popular American Airlines Theater as of 16th April, 2013. This new show has been directed by Doug Hughes, the Roundabout Theatre Company has produced it and Bobby Cannavale is starring as Charles Castle.
The rather darker aspect of the mid 20th century Hollywood glitz saw movie stars desperately struggling to keep their real identities in spite of the strong hold that the mega studio and various publicity machines had. Many instances where perversions were at its peak and crimes were being committed that would result in an awful public image of movie stars were consistently covered up just so that the studios' revenues would not go down. The key moral story of Clifford Odets' sinister play, The Big Knife, which was written in 1948, focuses on being honest with oneself. When the play was written there was a large amount of postwar success in the movie business. This was a time when America was seen focusing on building capitalism. An extremely powerful production which stars Bobby Cannavale has opened up and is already receiving massive rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
The revived Broadway show by Doug Hughes showcases recurring vibrant moment during this period drama play while keeping Odets' stilted yet energetic dialogue alive in a stylish way. The experienced cast members of the play devour their chances to melodramatically mock, prance and bluster when needed. The play is a delight to watch.
The story of The Big Knife revolves around a successful Hollywood star named Charles "Charlie" Castle who resides in a lavish home. He is having trouble with his wife, Marion, who is on the brink of leaving him for good. A leading gossip columnist, Patty Benedict, gets the air of this news and interrogates Castle. He denies the truth of his domestic issues to her in order to keep his repute in the movie industry. Castle is trying very hard to refuse his renewed contract on his wife's wishes. The intimidating studio boss, Stanley Shriner Hoff is enraged with the news. Castle wants to free himself from the obligations towards his work to build on his marriage.
The plot thickens when Castle is threatened by Hoff and Smiley Coy, the right-hand man of Hoff, when they blackmail him about a hit and run accident that they know Castle was involved in. They threaten to use this against him so that he serves in the contract under Hoff. Castle is greatly tormented. He wants to win back his wife who has been approached by a writer named Hank Teagle for an indecent proposal while he craves to work on more interesting projects than those with Hoff. However, Hoff's blackmail wins and Castle is seen signing up the renewed seven year contract. Castle is full of pity for himself which brings out his darker demons out and results in him having an affair with the character of Connie who happened to be his best friend's wife. The plot takes on a whole new level from here. The final sensational scenes of The Big Knife have been dominated by the dark secret that had been concealed by Castle and many of his handlers. This is the part when Castle reflects on his life and mentions that the entire movie business is the murder of the people.
You can now book The Big Knife tickets and be a part of an engaging play that will leave you enthralled from the moment the curtain is raised to the time the show ends.