The Theatre: Revival in Manhattan: Mar. 20, 1939

Awake and Sing (by Clifford Odets; produced by The Group Theatre). Clifford Odets, four years ago a rank newcomer to Broadway, last week had conferred upon him the theatrical equivalent of the Order of Merit: his first full-length play was enthusiastically revived. For two reasons Awake and Sing was worth reviving: 1) it casts light on what he has written since; 2) it remains his best play.

Still tense and tingling is Odets' study of a bewildered, frustrated, dreaming, moodily rebellious Bronx family, caught in economic toils like wet fish in a net. Secret...

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