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Awake and Sing!

From 8 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

About the show

The Public Theater presents Odet's portrait of a Depression-era, lower middle class Jewish family in the Bronx, performed by The National Asian American Theatre Company. More…

The battle lines for a lower-middle-class Jewish family in the Depression-era Bronx are drawn between the string-pulling parents who think they know best and their resistant offspring who have hatched their own dreams of the future. The parents, grandparents, and children who sought refuge and forged new lives each have their own, generational ideas about what their future will hold. The National Asian American Theatre Company will kick off its 25th Season in residency at The Public with this classic Odets drama. Stephen Brown-Fried directs an all-Asian American cast.

Member Reviews (8)


Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Original

See it if A new, original take on a classic. Terrific performances. Still relevant.

Don't see it if The sound of Yoddish coming out of Chinese mouths is jarring to you.

Absorbing, Intense, Dated, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like period pieces and can relate to Yiddish theater. Good acting and casting

Don't see it if You dislike off off Broadway shows and dislike reading translations on screen throughout

Great writing

See it if You want to see a strong revival.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of theatre from the 30's.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Gripping, Intelligent, Strident

See it if you love Odets, personal and political stories mixed together, you love Chekhov, or old-timey NYC. You support artists of color.

Don't see it if you hate: period pieces, theatrical dialogue, hate Odets, Chekhov, or 'classic' play tropes. or love: new plays only, "historical accuracy"

Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant

See it if The series of vignettes about the complexity of life in the U.S. really present opportunities for discussion after the play.

Don't see it if The play relies on vignettes but does not seek to have an overall purpose other than consciousness raising. Nothing more than questions.

Resonant, Great acting, Masterful, Thought provoking, Original

See it if you like to see new takes on classic works. This period drama finds new resonance with an all-Asian cast.

Don't see it if you don't like to see classics of the American theater.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if comes again

Don't see it if just see it

Cliched, Dizzying, Clever, Enchanting

See it if You like to sing

Don't see it if If you don't like to sing

July 20th, 2015
"Handsomely mounted... In Mia Katigbak's performance, you will recognize every mother who has sacrificed for her family...It’s Hennie, played with simmering rage by Teresa Avia Lim, who brings this “Awake and Sing!” most ferociously and rivetingly to life. This production has flat patches, though."
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July 15th, 2015
"What may seem at first like a kind of social experiment quickly becomes an all-around gripping evening in the theatre...Brown-Fried and his company probe deeply into the web of dependence and frustration that holds the Bergers together...'Awake and Sing!' is an American classic, and this most Am...
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July 15th, 2015
" NAATCO’s diverse reimagining is a worthy revival...Director Brown-Fried has guided this production so that the modern audiences can see that the play is not just about a Jewish family, but more broadly, an American family...NAATCO has certainly made a strong argument for more diverse casting of...
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July 17th, 2015
"In their attempt to integrate this iconic play, NAATCO didn’t go far enough. They held on to elements they didn’t need and refused to examine the new possibilities they proposed with anything more than lip service. What was intended as an investigation of an alternate cultural and racial point...
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