Anne Frank enthusiast Sid Silver guides “The Diary of a Young Girl” to publication and great success; he turns into an obsessive, hissing tiger of a man when his play adaptation is endlessly ignored. As Sid Silver (based on a real-life figure Meyer Levin), Mandy Patinkin gets to use every brooding and explosive bone in his body.
POP CULTURE REFERENCE POINT
Sid Silver is to “Compulsion” as the Winkelvoss twins were to “The Social Network.” Each claimed to be the fount of inspiration; each lost years mired in legal fracas. Courtroom drama! Money! Ambition! How’s this for an ad campaign: “ ‘Compulsion’: ‘The Social Network’ of Off-Broadway.”