April 26, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Big Knife

type
Stage
Current Status
In Season
run date
04/16/13
performer
Bobby Cannavale, Richard Kind, Marin Ireland, Chip Zien
director
Doug Hughes
author
Clifford Odets
We gave it a B+

Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) plays an actor who makes a deal with the devil — in this case, a blistering Richard Kind as a 1940s Hollywood studio chief — and then bemoans the crap movies he’s forced to make in exchange for fame and money. Director Doug Hughes’ revival of the 1949 Clifford Odets play (on a very personal Odetsian theme of selling out) looks swanky. But there’s something off when the devil is more compelling than the suffering artist. (Roundabouttheatre.org) B+

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