Powerhouse playwright Clifford Odets produced his greatest plays in prewar America. Masterpieces like Awake and Sing! and Golden Boy focus on the moral dynamics and economic despair that propel the human spirit in the face of devastating circumstances. Openly political treatises, they criticize harsh economic systems, even as they concentrate on the heartache of interpersonal relationships.
By contrast, Rocket to the Moon, now at Theatre at St. Clement's, is a Depression-era departure, insofar as emotions, not capitalism's dark side, is paramount. Here, the search for love trumps all, though financial woes are never far from the surface.