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The week’s other openings

<em>Awake and Sing; The Syringa Tree; Alice ... Alice ... ALICE!</em>

Awake and Sing
Northlight Theatre, Chicago
(847) 673-6300

Clifford Odets’ Sturm und Drang classic about a Depression-era Bronx family “never was a subtle play,” said the Chicago Tribune. But by toning down the melodrama, director Amy Morton turns Odets’ tragedy from simply a study of human cruelty into one of “what happens after the hungry start eating their own.”

The Syringa Tree
Center Repertory Theatre, Oakland, Calif.
(925) 943-7469

Playwright Pamela Glen’s “meandering reminiscence” of South Africa, from apartheid to the first democratic elections, is turned into a mesmerizing “athletic ballet” by actress Shannon Koob, said the San Jose Mercury News. Koob gives a “bravura performance,” playing 28 characters.

Alice ... Alice ... ALICE!
Irondale Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
(718) 488-9233

This twist on the Lewis Carroll classic emphasizes the adult themes “shrouded within” the original, said The New York Times. A “minimal but inventive” staging presents a Mad Hatter’s party populated by “beer-and-vodka–swilling hooligans,” while the caterpillar scene becomes a session between Alice and a therapist.

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