Venue Details

18 Star Starred
Electric Lodge
between California Ave and Milwood Ave 1416 Electric Ave. Venice, CA 90291
310-827-5908
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Member Tips

Goldstar Member
Hal's Bar on Abbot Kinney was fantastic! We had a very good meal there before the show.
info Jan 30 2012 star this tip starred
Ira T.
A large parking lot next to the theater was perfect.
info Feb 01 2012 star this tip starred

Reviews & Ratings

8 ratings
4.1 average rating
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98 events
41 reviews
14 stars
attended Jan 28 2012

A fascinating, absorbing, thought provoking theatrical experience!
The three actors are amazing as they shift the tone of their interaction from comic to seductive to violent and back again. Intense, timely and definitely worth seeing.

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25 reviews
109 stars
attended Jan 22 2012

Great show. There is a lot in it and it makes you think about what's really going on. Wonderful performances. This show has been haunting me for days.

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1 review
1 stars
attended Jan 14 2012

this play was so good. The actors incredible,
the subject fantastic, the humor the truth the most contemporary
important play I have ever seen. A three person perfection. Congrats!
I wouldn't miss it at all, and tickets are cheap on Gold Star.

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More Information

Website

http://www.electriclodge.org

Description

Awake In a World That Encourages Sleep is a dark comedy set in an atmosphere of doubt and suspicion about our country grasping to hold on to world power. A surprising romantic triangle unfolds as a couple (Paul and Erica) argue about their son joining the army at his father’s urging; the same man who was himself a draft dodger. Enter Edward, who works for Paul but is now quitting his highly sensitive position. Erica is strongly drawn to Edward. As the two men contend for her favor, the play conveys the eerie feeling that things are way out of our control. War is raging within hearing distance while our characters perch on park benches, reading Tolstoy between spurts of intense and humorous conversation. Awake In a World That Encourages Sleep embraces contemporary issues of war, corporate power and greed. The play delves into the  exploitation of the weak by the strong and the growing imbalance of wealth between the poor and rich.