By Robert Simonson
28 Dec 2012
In Clifford Odets' Hollywood melodrama The Big Knife the kidnapping is more figurative, than literal. Actor Charlie Castle is being held hostage by his bullying studio ever since they helped cover up a secret in his past. Bobby Cannavale stars in the Doug Hughes staging, due March 22 at the American Airlines Theatre. It's the second major Odets revival this season, following Golden Boy.
The trials of a different sort of performer are depicted in The Nance, a new play by the busy Douglas Carter Beane, beginning March 21 at the Lyceum. Nathan Lane stars as Chauncey Miles, an actor who is a headlining "nance" — that is, a stereotypically effeminate character type — on the 1930s burlesque circuit.
Tabloid columnist Mike McAlary was considerably more fortunate than those above, but he has his bad days, too. Both sides of the man are shown in Lucky Guy, a play Nora Ephron wrote before her death last year. The production is lucky in its casting, having netted major film star Tom Hanks to play the central role. Richard Masur, Christopher McDonald and Peter Scolari and other will lend support. George C. Wolfe directs. Previews begin at the Broadhurst on March 1.