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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.