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Awake and Sing! (New Yiddish Repertory)

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Resonant

About the show

New Yiddish Rep brings an American classic to new life in a new production of Clifford Odet's masterwork. Performed in Yiddish with English supertitles. More…

Generally considered Clifford Odets' finest play, 'Awake And Sing!' is the story of the Bergers, a lower-middle-class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression. The play recalls that this country was founded as the land of opportunity for immigrants who came with an enduring belief in the American dream. Translated into Yiddish in 1935 by Chaver Paver, 'Awake And Sing!' reflects the heart and soul of a young man who would become the leading voice for social justice in Depression-era America.

Member Reviews (7)


Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intelligent, Slow, Resonant
Avg Score

Intense, Intelligent, Exquisite, Dated, Resonant

See it if Conflicted sympathetic characters trapped by poverty, pride and tradition seek a way ahead. Compelling writing and acting. I was drawn in.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy an intense, emotional drama where everyone is unhappy. Even their hopes and dreams are grim.

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the sensibility of a classic play and family dramas.

Don't see it if You don’t want to read super titles or find plays by Odets and contemporaries Williams, Miller, etc to be tedious.

Also Intense drama beautifully acted and surprisingly sexy, but ultimately ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You can connect the dots from Depression Era problems to today’s current events. Acting so real characters seem to step from home movies.

Don't see it if Supra-titles bother you. There is hope but no promises for the characters; not a happy ending if that’s what you require. Lite sets & props.

Intelligent, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if If you like Clifford Odete's thought provoking drama. If you enjoy Yiddish theater with English subtitles.

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy Yiddish theater or reading subtitles.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Sad, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a well acted Yiddish production. The sadness of the struggling immigrant life in Depression era America is movingly portrayed.

Don't see it if You are looking for a cheerful story.

Relevant, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy Yiddish theater and have time to spare.

Don't see it if You get distracted with subtitles.

Slow, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Romantic

Don't see it if Drama

December 12th, 2017
“Even though Yiddish sounds right at home in these characters' mouths, Odets' own brand of word music -- cauterizing wisecracks mixed with moonstruck idealism -- is sorely missed...It may very well be that Paver's adaptation finds an equivalent tone, but, to my ears, the original words are missed...
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December 10th, 2017
“New Yiddish Rep's production is fascinating, and the acting is the winning feature...This ensemble leans into gender dynamics and flips them on their head. Mandelbaum’s direction leaves room for male vulnerability and lets the female characters stand as beacons of strength against the men...The ...
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December 7th, 2017
“Mandelbaum has gradually unearthed enough aspiring young actors who grew up in Yiddish-speaking households and can express the emotions behind the words with their voices and body movements because the subtleties of Yiddish are ingrained in their DNA...The actors really inhabit the souls of thei...
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December 8th, 2017
“Unfortunately, what seems like a good idea on paper sometimes doesn’t pan out when you put it on it’s feet...In 1935, it may have kept the audience rapt...But in 2017, when a young man says he wants something more out of life than what’s printed on dollar bills, my reaction is, ‘yeah, so what ar...
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