Narrator Kathleen Godwin brings Ida Lupino, one of Hollywood's first female directors (1950s), vividly to life. Listeners meet Lupino in her decaying mansion in 1983 as she recounts how she tackled the male hierarchy. She was born into an English theatrical family and came to Hollywood as a teenager with her mother. Carefully chosen sound effects--a neighing horse or a single... Read More
Beata Pozniak's accented, dramatic narration conjures a faraway desert land. Sona Van's abstract meditation on the Armenian genocide of 1915-1917 is dedicated to the victims of all wars and atrocities. Plumbing the depths of pain, Pozniak's narration is intense, breathy, and emotional, and is augmented by background sounds of desert winds and distant, echoing Middle Eastern... Read More
This audio version of an acclaimed fact-based one-woman play is performed by its author and star. It is excellent and quite intense. Part of it is about Freddie Gray, who died of spinal injuries in 2015 after being arrested by Baltimore police. It is also about activism, school, prison, and race, among other things. Smith reveals much about her characters through her command of... Read More
With admirable vocal naturalism and almost maddening nonchalance, Matthew Wolf, Will Brittain, and other members of an ensemble cast bring to life the true story of a series of obedience/conformity experiments performed upon students at Yale University in the early 1960s. The repeated phrase "Please continue" takes on an eerily sinister quality as the professor and graduate... Read More
E.M. Forster's 1908 romantic satire about Brits of the middling upper crust is famously sharp, funny, silly, and benevolent. L.A. Theatre Works' scripted adaptation honors all of the novel's best qualities, with a slight emphasis on the plot's silliness, which shrouds but does not obliterate Forster's social commentary. No matter how you listen--for madcap froth or to skewer... Read More
This collection of introspective essays is read by a talented ensemble of female voices who come together to create a picture of contemporary Latina women. Listeners who enjoy female-focused projects will find much to admire as the essays explore young women who must make tough decisions. From confronting a sexual abuser in the family--only to be dismissed--to continuing with... Read More
The recorded performance of this provocative play from the Cold War era shines with wit. Alfred Molina's vocalizing of a worldly-wise and weary Russian is especially effective--you can hear Moscow in his voice. Steven Weber's earnest American--from Wausau, Wisconsin--aptly performs the foil/friend. A duologue, the play shows the irony of the pair's woodland strolls as they... Read More
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