A Show To Restore Perspective And/Or Fear 

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre follows Hot l Baltimore with another drama that speaks to our cash-strapped, jobless times: Clifford Odets' Depression-era classic Awake and Sing! A smash hit at its 1935 New York premiere by Lee Strasberg's Group Theater (starring Stella Adler), Awake and Sing! is sometimes dismissed as an innocent relic — a portrait of a working-class Jewish family when class struggle was considered possible, even desirable. Awake and Sing! is indeed a call to revolution, a family drama as political treatise. But its idealism may be exactly on message for our time. As a sign at the recent Rally for Sanity and/or Fear put it: "What do we want? Moderation. When do we want it? Within a reasonable time frame." This show's reasonable time frame begins at 7:30 p.m. and extends through December 5 at 3614 Main. Tickets are $25-$30. See metkc.org or call 816-569-3226 for more info.— Grace Suh


Nov. 16-18, 8 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 21, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 16. Continues through Dec. 5, 2010

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