Awake and Sing!

Has a 71-year-old play ever felt more alive? Clifford Odets’ exultant drama, Awake and Sing!, a Bronx-set story of a Jewish family embroiled in ”a struggle for life amidst petty conditions,” returns to the jewel-box-like Belasco — where it premiered in 1935 — in a revelatory revival. The fierce, fiery ensemble includes Mark Ruffalo (as a heartsick, wooden-legged hoodlum), Lauren Ambrose (a love-starved shotgun bride), and Zoë Wanamaker (a shrewd, steely matriarch), but the real stars are Odets and his sublimely structured play, an unabashedly idealistic, chest-thumping rabble-rouser. Finally, a show worth singing about. (212-239-6200)

Awake and Sing!
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