Odets’s ‘Big Knife,’ With Bobby Cannavale

April 17, 2013 2:01 AM

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Odets’s ‘Big Knife,’ With Bobby Cannavale

But to my knowledge no current luminary has had to wrestle with a question of complicity in murder, the ugly problem facing Charlie Castle, the Hollywood star at the center of Clifford Odets’s 1949 drama, “The Big Knife,” which opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater on Tuesday night in a sluggish, soulless revival starring the talented Bobby Cannavale as the angst-eaten Charlie.

The man is certainly no saint. He cheats on his wife as casually as he swills booze and flits around the backyard tennis court. He let a good friend take the rap — and go to prison — after Charlie accidentally killed a child while driving drunk. But when the studio boss and his henchman begin to hin...

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