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 avoid this burden on the family, Bessie insists on the marriage between Hennie and the new immigrant boarder in order to save her family’s reputation and her daughter’s life. Inhe became a founding member of the Group T Clifford Odets July 18, — August 14, was an American playwright, screenwriter, and director.

I read this play just before seeing it performed.

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

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Lists with This Book. The action all takes place in their apartment. Ralph very much resembles his grandfather who is an idealist. 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. Joshua Morgan is delightful as the perpetually frazzled Sam, an immigrant who worships Hennie.


He dropped out of high school after two years to become an actor. Snow is meant to make odfts last moments of Awake and Sing! While I enjoyed the drama and the characters quite a lot, the suddenly optimistic ending didn’t sit quite right with me.

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

This fear stems from a woman down the street who had this exact thing happen to her. But the movement of the play depends less on these individual events than it does on the small, constant clash and alignment of personalities in odtes Berger home.

Aug 21, Brian McCann rated it it was ok.

Open Preview See a Problem? In a turn of events, Jacob commits suicide after asake Ralph the beneficiary of his life insurance policy, in hopes that this will give Ralph the freedom for which he yearns. The play is set in The Bronx aand of New York CityNew Yorkin ; and it is concerns the impoverished Berger family, who all live under one roof, and their conflicts as the parents scheme to manipulate their children’s relationships to their own ends, while their children strive for their own dreams.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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. Unfortunately, there is never adequate sexual sizzle between Harris and Genebach to make that important issue credible.


Patrick rated it liked it Sep 04, I raise a family they should have respect. Vanessa rated it really liked it Jun 23, I saw he was dead and I was born!

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.

Not like me, a man who had golden opportunities but drank a glass of tea instead ….

We’d really appreciate it. He is frustrated that he can’t see a way to alter his life without breaking away from his family. Aug 22, Kaila Tacazon rated it liked it.

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The family consists of Bessie Berger, the mother. When Awake and Sing! Why is there an osets mark, Cliff? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Her restless son Ralph, encouraged by his socialist grandfather, yearns to escape the airless domestic atmosphere.

Delaney rated it liked it Feb 01,