Lincoln Center’s rediscovery of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing! is a great opportunity to see the play that transformed American theater. Awake and Sing! has ratings and 14 reviews. play. Life begins tomorrow for the anxious souls inhabiting an overstuffed Bronx apartment in Clifford Odets’s “Awake and Sing!” Or was it over long.

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Works by Clifford Odets. The first words of the play belong to Ralph: He writes in the same style–eccentric family, right-on lines, heavy on character, a challenge to actors, more character based than plot heavy. Hennie has no love for Sam.

I guess after all that strife it was difficult to take such unbridled and unfounded optimism seriously. Jewish immigrant angst and dark humor during the depression. Then Reload the Page.

Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!— Where Dream and Disillusion Meet

The historic importance of the Group Theatre plays of Odets is undeniable. The Richard Boone Show He is naive, too. They have no history. I like plays that celebrate the human spirit and this one did not do it for me.

I had some trouble getting into it cliftord first, I think because it dumps you straight into the dialogue with no explanation or even stage directions about who the characters are. Tyler Dobrowsky rated it it was amazing May 22, adn We need music to reinforce their meaning.


My favorite scenes were between Moe and Hennie; they were dripping with subtext and backstory. Jacob is portrayed with wit and gusto by Rick Foucheux. The set is an act of bland nostalgia when hard, uncompromised reality is badly needed. It was revived off-Broadway in, and By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He cclifford ardent, he is romantic, he is sensitive. The family consists of Bessie Berger, the mother.

Emily Fortuna rated it cliffod was ok Apr 18, Return to Book Page. But he is heartbroken without being aware of it.

She never doubts that her son will marry the right Jewish girl and support his whole family. It would be easy to screw it up.

Awake and Sing! – Wikipedia

Once I got to know everyone, though, I enjoyed reading it. Right here he stood and said it. Trivia About Awake and Sing! Retrieved May 13, But the production of Awake and Sing! More crucially for us, Odets described himself as a theater man—as opposed to a literary man—and his unaffected stage poetry, his direct pull on the emotions and unembarrassed open heart, were a profound influence on the young Tennessee Williams.


Philip Smith rated it really liked it Apr 26, You insult me, Bessie! I cannot imagine so. The play premiered on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre on February 19,running for performances before closing on July 27, ; it returned two months later on September 9 for an additional 24 performances through September 28, Paul Morella gives a beautifully muted and humorous performance as Myron, the father of the family, a self-effacing man who spends his days remembering the past, recalling how good things were when Teddy Roosevelt was in charge.

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Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets

Besides the desire for financial stability, there are other problems that the Bergers face, such as Hennie’s unwanted pregnancy. Refresh and try again. Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Sep 09, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was ok. But what does the director Mr.