Already closed | 2h 15m | Midtown W

Awake

From 64 member  reviews
Members say: Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

About the show

The Barrow Group presents this timely new play with a cast of fifteen people from all walks of life engaging in intimate, life-changing conversations around the polarizing issues of the day.  More…

Exploring such issues as race relations, gun violence, police brutality, and immigration policy, "Awake" strives to puts its finger on the pulse of America’s division.

2h 15m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (64)

MEMBERS SAY:

Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
84
Avg Score

78
Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if short pieces emphasizing prejudice interest you. Very well produced and staged.

Don't see it if you expect original concepts. Many of the pieces are predictable with stereotyped characters or situations.

94
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you like short pieces that pack a punch.They teach a lesson without being pedantic.Each one is a gem.I LOVE Barrow Group, never disappoints

Don't see it if you are a racist fool--actually I sat behind such a couple, and the left at intermission.They are really the ones who need to see this most.

85
Intelligent, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Inspiring

See it if a compilation of (9) vignettes adeptly illustrating a host of societal woes, paradoxes & hypocrisies appeals; are ready & willing to reflect

Don't see it if you seek a full-length play, comedy, single cast, or elaborate set design; averse to intimate staging, complex issues laid bare & unresolved

77
Intense, Relevant

See it if Socio-political drama porn. Dramatically drawing out shades of gray on like 20 current polarizing issues to "woke" you.

Don't see it if Current politics are triggering / annoy you. If you’re staying "woke" on these issues, it's frustrating because it offers no solutions.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

94
Absorbing, Cliched, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You like vignettes on timely and "PC" issues. A large and talented ensemble. Seeing the director/ playwright in one of the pieces. Stand-

Don't see it if Alone pieces, which are part of a larger theme. This was reminiscent of George C. wolfe's "The Colored Museum". There was slight use of the

Also "N" word, some cussing, race and gender talk, and a beautiful male tor... Read more Read less

89
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see controversial issues explored fairly, not giving one-sided opinions

Don't see it if you don't like a series of short plays, preferring a continuous plot line. You don't like shows about controversial topics (they cover alot)

Also The acting is generally very good but a little uneven in spots

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you're into challenging vignettes dealing with race, gender, terrorism, & many other current social issues. Very entertaining, if unfocused

Don't see it if you just want a light entertainment or if you prefer a full-fledged narrative to unrelated vignettes. Some resonated more than others.

79
Great acting, Relevant, Funny

See it if Great performances by a group of very talented young actors. Out of 9 storylines, there were relevant social issues explored thoughtfully

Don't see it if The resolution and handling of some stories/issues may not be subtle or nuanced enough

97
Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want a fresh look at 9 masterful 10min plays about current issues. Mostly not black&white but exploring the gray zone, making you think.

Don't see it if you are not interested in current issues our country deals with these days or if you only like 1 long play per night, not 9 short ones.

Also We were absorbed by Awake from start to finish and were sad when it en... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you want to see some very strong vignettes. Even though these centered on societal themes, they were still very character-driven.

Don't see it if you don't like vignettes.

87
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You want a somewhat intense show that makes you think about current political and social issues from a number of perspectives.

Don't see it if You want a musical, something light & fluffy, something to escape the current political & social issues, or want a straight play.

Also I enjoyed this show, but it's not a straight play, but a series of vig... Read more Read less

79
Ambitious, Great staging, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in seeing a series of short scenes about current events that sometimes brings new information to the topics

Don't see it if you don't want to think or be challenged

100
Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Profound, Great acting

See it if You care about race issues and other Human Beings

Don't see it if You like fluff and easy going material

75
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if The performances are good, the acting solid, if you want to see a good cross-section of current social issues performed on stage

Don't see it if The ideas are solid and relevant, but there's no new point of view presented that we haven't been presented with before in other forms

83
Ambitious, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if The vignettes are a great way to start some important conversations about topics affecting our lives. See it with a friend and get a drink!

Don't see it if If you are looking for one, coherent narrative that presents a set of answers to these social issues then this isn't the play for you.

74
Well acted, topical, timely

See it if . . . you enjoy well acted and directed short plays by an American playwright.

Don't see it if . . . you’d rather not see short plays about contemporary issues.

88
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing

See it if You like “short storie” with a potential twist. Modern theatre. Good acting. Want inspiration to reflect.

Don't see it if You don’t like short stories that make you think.

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to spend an evening contemplating current issues

Don't see it if If you want the show to tell you what to make of these current issues. It doesn't offer answers, it asks instead for you to think on them.

97
Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Must see, Hilarious

See it if I loved this show - Such a talented ensemble- really thought provoking and inspired great conversation over drinks afterwards!

Don't see it if You are close minded and rigid in your ideology. Or maybe that is why you should see it!

Also A beautiful portrait of America’s diversity and the challenges that we... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Intelligent, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Talented large cast

See it if you enjoy sketches on torn-from-the-headline topics. Highly insightful conflicts. Mostly strong acting. Well-staged. Clever plot twists.

Don't see it if you need a story arc. Ea piece engrosses, but new one every 15 mins. Bare-bones prodn. Few answers, but impt questions. Powerful evening.

During previews
90
Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Refreshing, Engaging

See it if 9 short topical plays, all good! I enjoyed the variety. Insightful writing, good characters/acting, and a bit of mystery in each one.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy short vignettes with 1 or 2 characters each. You are uninterested in social justice topics.

During previews
78
Well played, Unremarkable, Unresolved, Probing, Thoughtful

See it if you would like to see a night of several very short plays that probe some of the most vexing issues of today.

Don't see it if for you theater needs to be remarkable: this set of plays exists to probe issues & leave us with questions.

Also A whole stage full of capable, engaging actors brings us 9 very short ... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Intelligent, Great writing, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you want a quick take on relevant issues of the day mostly well-acted, staged minimally but very effectively, with good sound and lighting.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play that leads to a conclusion - this is a series of different issues by different actors exposing but not resolving

During previews
90
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if Nine plays 10 minutes each topics that are complex issues that have two sides, not saying who is right or wrong.

Don't see it if topic terrorism, racism, gay, police. Want a whole story or musical.

Also All of the play were good some standout for me. ... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Riveting

See it if An important play told in a “you are immediately hooked and can’t look away” manner ! You want a fresh take on contemporary societal issues.

Don't see it if You are looking for a feel good, laugh a minute style show. Don’t see it if you can’t face the very troubling serious issues in our nation !

Also I was unprepared for the stunning brilliance of both the succinct writ... Read more Read less


January 21st, 2019
“Watching the show is like flipping through a catalog of America’s dysfunctions and societal problems...Manning take pains to show the many sides of an issue...but his efforts to be evenhanded can err on the side of safety and often sap the show’s energy...The show is essentially an earnest promp...
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January 25th, 2019
“A collection of nine one-act plays. It's a smorgasbord of cluelessness, insensitivity, casual racism, and outrage wielded like a club, and it's fresh enough to feel like it was written only a few hours ago. Some pieces rehearse familiar arguments...Other pieces have more original slants...Most o...
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January 21st, 2019
"Nine short plays that are mostly effective — and often quite potent — in exposing current societal rifts....Some entries are stronger than others. The most successful are those that take aim at the controversial material through carefully delineated characters and surprising revelations...The le...
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January 24th, 2019
"Manning's direction and script are both expertly crafted. The play's moral questions are cleverly woven into each of its fully-dimensional characters' words, and their tales are often presented without bias, leaving the audience to draw its own conclusions. The actors find their full potential i...
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