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“An incredibly poignant and superb production.  Fantastic cast. TRIUMPHANT!” — WGBH
A lively and absorbing production.  SPARKS FLY!” — The Boston Globe
One of the great American plays.  A STELLAR CAST brings to bear the full urgency of Odets’ play. — WBUR

In a cramped Bronx apartment, a working-class Jewish family dreams of a brighter future. Matriarch Bessie Berger's fierce determination keeps her family afloat, whatever the cost. Gritty, passionate, funny, and heartbreaking, Odets' 1935 masterpiece beautifully captures both the hopes and the struggles of an unforgettable American family.

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including two 10-minute intermissions

"Since her gorgeous, moving production of Luck of the Irish in 2011, I've wanted to bring director Melia Bensussen back to the Huntington to mount a classic. She has a great passion for Clifford Odets' work — Awake and Sing! was Melia's childhood, she once told me. Her talent for telling intimate family stories that play out on a broad social canvas makes now the perfect opportunity for her return."— Peter DuBois
"In Awake and Sing!, Clifford Odets beautifully captures the pains and challenges of all nuclear families living in times of social struggle and economic crisis. This great American play articulates the passions and dilemmas of American society and resonates with the same issues that challenge us today as we grapple to make meaning of our lives. It's a thrill to be back at the Huntington, and I look forward to us rediscovering the beauty and poetry of Odets' voice together."— Melia Bensussen

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  • Theater Companies Mark Odets Centennial

    Clifford Odets, remembered as the defining American playwright of the 1930s, would have turned 100 this year. His works — including Waiting for Lefty, Awake and Sing and Golden Boy brought social realism to the stage. Many companies around the country are staging his plays.

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Press Reviews

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"THE SPARKS FLY in Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, now at the Huntington Theatre Company in a LIVELY AND ABSORBING PRODUCTION directed by Melia Bensussen." - The Boston Globe
"An incredibly poignant and superb production. Fantastic cast. TRIUMPHANT!- WGBH
"One of the great American plays. A STELLAR CAST brings to bear the full urgency of Odets' play." - WBUR
"As superbly directed by Melia Bensussen, this cast embodies ACTING AT ITS FINEST, with terrific star turns, most impressively LeBow in a towering performance, and [Lori] Wilner with her unforgettable portrayal. They're all memorable." - South Shore Critic
"Will LeBow is SIMPLY WONDERFUL. A TOUR-DE-FORCE performance!" - Berkshire Fine Arts
"SUPERB! An Awake and Sing! this affecting and beautifully performed is a gift to theatregoers." - Critics at Large
"STRONGEST WORK OF THE SEASON- Hub Review
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"Beautiful language, strong performances and subtle direction @huntington #awakeandsing #bostontheatre" - @TamHickey
""Awake and Sing!" @huntington was wonderful - so fit for these times. If you don't have tickets yet, you'd better grab some! #CliffordOdets" - @JakeGrad
"Great production and great performances!" - Scott Forrest-Allen

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Prices & Seating


Section
Performance Day AA A B C D
PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;
Sunday matinee
$99 $85 $70 $55 $25
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening;
Saturday matinee
$87 $75 $55 $43 $25
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee $76 $63 $48 $38 $25
PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening; Sunday matinee
Section
Price
AA
$99
A
$85
B
$70
C
$55
D
$25
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening; Saturday matinee
Section
Price
AA
$87
A
$75
B
$55
C
$43
D
$25
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee
Section
Price
AA
$76
A
$63
B
$48
C
$38
D
$25

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

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Discount Ticket Prices

  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.


Section
Performance Day AA A B C D
PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening;
Sunday matinee
$99 $85 $70 $55 $25
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening;
Saturday matinee
$87 $75 $55 $43 $25
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee $76 $63 $48 $38 $25
PEAK: Friday & Saturday evening; Sunday matinee
Section
Price
AA
$99
A
$85
B
$70
C
$55
D
$25
OFF PEAK: Sunday - Thursday evening; Saturday matinee
Section
Price
AA
$87
A
$75
B
$55
C
$43
D
$25
FIRST LOOK: First Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday evening; Wednesday matinee
Section
Price
AA
$76
A
$63
B
$48
C
$38
D
$25

Prices may vary and are subject to change at any time.

View Seating Chart  |  Get Directions

Discount Ticket Prices

  Prices
Active Military and Veterans and Immediate Families
$20 with promo code MILITARY
Student (25 years and younger)
(No AA)
$20
Section D (Huntington Avenue Theatre);
Last Row (Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA)
Additional discounts may not be applied to section D seats at the Huntington Avenue Theatre and last row seats at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.
$25
BU Community $10 off
Seniors (65 years or older) $5 off
35 Below (35 years and younger)
(No AA)
Learn more about our 35 Below program
$30

Learn more about our Discount Ticket Programs.

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