Bobby Cannavale stars in Clifford Odets’s tale of Hollywood in its Golden Age.
In the golden age of Hollywood cinema, actors may have all the glory, but studio execs have all the power. The Hoff-Federated studio has had its most successful star, Charlie Castle (Bobby Cannavale), over a barrel ever since it helped cover up a mistake that could have ended his career. Set in a glossy world of rumor mills and rocky friendships, Clifford Odets’ play spotlights how challenging it can be to stay true to yourself—when everyone expects you to play a part.
The Big Knife premiered on Broadway in 1949 with John Garfield playing Charlie Castle. Jack Palance took on the role in a 1955 film noir.