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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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To ask other readers questions about Awake and Sing! Lists with This Book. Aug 29, Steven rated it liked it Shelves: Jewish immigrant angst and dark humor during the depression. Apr 13, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: This time, Odets takes on the effects of the Depression and what he sees as capitalistic oppression and examines it at the level of a family living in the Bronx.

The action all takes place in their apartment. The family, the Bergers, face one problem after another — all the problems, however, tied clifcord the fact that there is not enough money coming in to do more than meet clifforx basic expenses of life — rent and awakw. As Odets says in his prelude to the Odets, Clifford. As Odets says in his prelude to the stage directions: The family consists of Bessie Berger, the mother. As she herself states, kdets is not swake the mother in this home, but also the father.

She loves lilfe, likes to laugh, has great resourcefulness and enjoys living from day to day. A high degree of energy accounts for her quick exasperation at ineptitude. She is a shrewd judge of realistic qualities in people in the sense of being able to gauge quickly their effectiveness.

She knows that when one lives in the jungle one must look out for the wild life. He would like to be a leader. He would like to make a million dollars. He is not sad or ever depressed.

But he is cliffor without being aware of it. She is proud of her body. She is self-reliant in the best sense He wants to know, wants to learn. He is ardent, he is romantic, he is sensitive. He is naive, too. 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.


Nov 16, Johnny rated it it was amazing. I read this play just before seeing it performed.

Awake and Sing!

The reading experience was interesting enough, but clirford 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. The story of Jewish immigrants living in the Bronx during the Great Depression sounds fairly cliche, but Odets ‘s provides his characters with such tremendous depth that at times I had to remind myself that this play is set nearly a hundred years ago. May 16, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: Odets has been called an American Chekhov, and for good reason!

He writes in the same style–eccentric family, right-on lines, heavy on character, a challenge to actors, more character based than plot heavy. But without the Russian names, so it’s much easier to grasp.

I would love to see this staged, or to sng it, but it would be difficult to find a talented enough cast.

It would be easy to screw it up. Nov 29, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: Well-written dialogue and an engaging dysfunctional family drama set during the Great Depression, but ultimately it felt like it wasn’t fully developed and indeed it was Odets’ first published work. While I enjoyed the drama and the characters quite a lot, the suddenly optimistic ending didn’t sit quite right with me.

I guess after all that strife it was difficult to take such unbridled and unfounded optimism seriously.

Dec 05, Andie rated it liked it. This was the first time I’ve read any Odets since college. There’s a lot I ajd enjoy within the play the Chekhovian flow of the piece, much of the dialoguebut that was colored by my extreme distaste for the way Hennie’s character arc was handled. She felt incredibly two dimensional to me, which is both surprising and unfortunate, given the raw material for her storyline. Jul 09, Ali rated clifforr it was ok Shelves: Nov 05, Lydia rated it it was ok Shelves: Why is there an exclamation mark, Cliff?

Is it to try and prove to me this play is exciting? And that’s not bad. But these people do not excite me one bit. I really wanted to like Clifford Odets, but I just couldn’t do it.

Dec 18, Julian Munds rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes you read a play that you wish you wrote. This is one of those plays for me. The dialogue cracks, the characters are rich and vibrant and the subject matter is authentic.

Sep 09, Paul LaFontaine rated it it was ok. An immigrant family struggling during the Great Depression rants and raves at each other in their own depression ending in tragedy and humdrum. Clifford Odets was considered the spiritual successor to Eugene O’Neill and this play certainly fills that bill.


The family is angry, tragic, suicidal and always yelling at each other. 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 humdrum.

I like plays that celebrate the human spirit and this one did not do it for me. Aug 22, Kaila Tacazon rated it liked it. Aug 21, Brian McCann rated it it was ok. Oct 09, Bt rated it liked it Recommended to Bt by: I’ve been working on a scene from “Waiting for Lefty” by the same author. I had some trouble getting into it at first, I think because it dumps you straight into the dialogue with no explanation idets even aawake directions about who the characters are.

Awake and Sing!

Once I got to know everyone, though, I enjoyed reading it. Some of the scenes were really heartbreaking. My favorite scenes were between Moe and Hennie; they were dripping with subtext and backstory.

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Clifford Odets July 18, — August 14, was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. He dropped out of high school after two years to become an actor. Inawwake became a founding member of the Group T Clifford Odets July 18, — August 14, was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.

Inhe became a founding member of the Group Theatre, a highly adake New York theatre company that utilized an acting technique new to the United States.