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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The outer hallway allows room for characters to gather as they enter or exit. The reading experience was interesting enough, but the characters on the page never came to life as fully as they did when I saw them on stage admittedly I gave the script a cursory read though.

Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets

For example, Ralph, a more philosophical character of the play, is not in agreement with his mother’s odts. For extra effect, the director has snow fall. To top it all off, in order to ease the financial burden on the family, the Bergers have taken in an immigrant boarder, named Sam.

Snow is meant to make the last moments of Awake and Sing! Jacob is a tremendously important moral force in the play, and Foucheux portrays him with passion, as a simple but deeply ethical man.


Awake and Sing!

I saw he was dead and I was born! InArena Stage in Washington, D. Can Spitzer Go to qwake How Do I Whitelist Observer? I like plays th An immigrant family struggling during the Great Depression rants and raves at each other in their own depression ending in tragedy and cpifford. Aug 29, Steven rated it liked it Shelves: The family consists of Bessie Berger, the mother. Once I got to know everyone, though, I enjoyed reading it. Open Preview See a Problem? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Sinf Davidson rated it really liked it Dec 28, True, the matriarch of the play is house-proud, but nobody has lived in this house.

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She never doubts that her son will marry the right Jewish girl and support his whole family. It is this taut blend of plot and character that has allowed Awake and Sing! My favorite scenes were between Moe and Hennie; they were dripping with subtext and backstory. Dec 18, Julian Munds rated it it was amazing Shelves: Only the shabby walls and discolored shades suggest the family’s poverty.


Laura Harris plays Hennie effectively as a self-centered, diffident young woman who is restlessly searching for happiness. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Kim rated it it was amazing Feb 22, This is a powerful play by Odets that is much more subtle in his arguments for implementation of a more socialistic system of government and its likely benefits for Americans. Waiting for Lefty Awake and Sing!

We need music to reinforce their meaning. The matriarch of the family, Bessie, had high hopes and dreams for her family; however, despite her hopefulness, her largest fear is that her family will lose their home and all their possessions.

Ralph finds a girlfriend, then loses her; Hennie elopes with Moe.

Dominic rated it it was amazing Jun 06, The family’s matriarch, Bessie, is determined to keep them all afloat. Want to Read saving….