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King Lear
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Blackstone Publishing 2014
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Audio Theater
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Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2013 production of King Lear, Shakespeare's dark yet brilliant tragedy of madness and betrayal, directed by artistic director Bill Rauch. This stunning work of audio theater, fully dramatized with performances by the OSF cast, is a must-listen.

Ambition is thicker than blood ...

King Lear is ready to turn his realm over to his three daughters. His plan is simple: give the biggest piece to the daughter who loves him most. But honeyed words and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and unspeakable acts—with consequences that reveal the worst and best in human nature.

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Street Date:
04/01/2014
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781483087610
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William Shakespeare. (2014). King Lear. Audio Theater Blackstone Publishing.

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William Shakespeare. 2014. King Lear. Blackstone Publishing.

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William Shakespeare, King Lear. Blackstone Publishing, 2014.

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William Shakespeare. King Lear. Audio Theater Blackstone Publishing, 2014.

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Ambition is thicker than blood ...

King Lear is ready to turn his realm over to his three daughters. His plan is simple: give the biggest piece to the daughter who loves him most. But honeyed words and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and unspeakable acts—with consequences that reveal the worst and best in human nature.

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      • content: Hearing Lear, rather than seeing it, emphasizes the power of Shakespearean language. As the aging king who gives up his throne, Trevor Peacock deteriorates from petulance to madness. Gerard Murphy delivers Edmund's monologue on his bastard condition with masterful control, humanizing evil with an anger born of oversensitivity to injustice. Julia Ford brings a gentle strength to Cordelia; her voice alone is enough to convince that she is virtuous but not weaker for it. However, Lear is so complicated that even with striking sound effects this production is confusing at times. Some elements, such as Kent's disguise or Gloucester's blinding, must be seen for full effect. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
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      • content: An aging and powerful monarch chooses to cede his vast kingdom to only two of his three daughters. Madness, familial intrigue, and political devastation ensue. By sticking to their American accents and vocal rhythms, Michael Winters (King Lear) and the entire Oregon Shakespeare Festival cast bring emotional freshness, ease, and clarity to the dense and heightened language and classic characters of this cornerstone of world literature. Well-mixed transitions, percussive music, and intense and convincing sword and battle sound effects add layers to the production, making it sound more film-like than stage-like. "Ay, every inch a king: When I do stare, see how the subjects quake." A solid and well-spoken interpretation of a time-honored classic. B.P. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
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      • content: It's a great pleasure to hear Paul Scofield as King Lear in a recording published to coincide with the actor's 80th birthday. The famous tenderness of his voice is well suited for the intimate medium of recorded drama; Lear's Act Three prayer ("Poor naked wretches") and his later scenes of reunion and reconciliation with Cordelia, for example, are among the most memorable moments of this recording. Kenneth Branagh, who played Edmond in a 1994 BBC recording of the play, here delivers a compassionate performance as the Fool. Alec McCowen also stands out as Gloucester and conveys the range of the old man's credulity, bitterness, and humanity. John Tydeman's direction oversees a moving production. G.H. 2003 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine
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      • content: The Modern Library brings the BBC's radio production of King Lear to audio cassette. Alec Guiness is a splendid Lear, expert in his transition from a demanding and majestic father/king to a solitary, lunatic soul on a stormy mountain. Sarah Badel's Cordelia is astute and reflective. The combination of talents makes this tragedy one of the most poignant in all of Shakespeare's works. R.A.P. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Ambition is thicker than blood ...

King Lear is ready to turn his realm over to his three daughters. His plan is simple: give the biggest piece to the daughter who loves him most. But honeyed words and hubris blind Lear to the true motives of those around him, plunging king and kingdom into a hell of treachery, madness, and unspeakable acts—with consequences that reveal the worst and best in human nature.

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