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18 Star Starred
Electric Lodge
between California Ave and Milwood Ave 1416 Electric Ave. Venice, CA 90291
310-306-1854
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Ira T.
Red Velvet 121 events 57 reviews

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.

reviewed Jan 28 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Fritz McDuff
68 events 38 reviews

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.

reviewed Jan 22 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Cathy Karol-Crowther
11 events 1 review

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.

reviewed Jan 14 2012 report as inappropriate
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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.

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