Theater: A Melodrama of Failed Promise

AWAKE AND SING! by Clifford Odets

"A low dishonest decade" was the way W.H. Auden viewed the '30s; he was thinking of politics. Clifford Odets saw those years as a time when "every house was lousy with lies and hate"; he was thinking of the middle class. From the vantage point of a half-century, that appears to be all he ever thought about. It is not the most flattering way to remember the man who was once the lodestar of the Old Left. But then neither is the revival of his melodrama Awake and...

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