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In a powerhouse turn Jeremy Piven stars as a Jewish tap dancer in Nazi Germany in “THE PERFORMANCE”

Piven’s sister Shira directs the film, which premieres at the Palm Springs International Film Festival today

We’re used to watching Jeremy Piven be funny. His darkly humorous turn during eight seasons on “Entourage,” to say nothing of his earlier work in “PCU” and “Grosse Pointe Blank,” have made the Chicago native a favorite of directors seeking to realize edge, slightly (or more than slightly) dangerous obsessives fond of four-letter vocabulary. Indeed, while appearing on a video call from Houston, ... more >