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Although this is not quite as great as Volume 1 of the series, it is still excellent. The writing and the performances are riveting and moving. All three of the plays are excellent, with great characters and situations. One is funny, two are intense. Until recently I had avoided theater in Audible format but they have now become one of my favorite genre. BEWARE – this is TWO credits but is on sale for $7.77 – this is crazy pricing – don’t use credits!
This did not turn out to be my favorite of the LA Theater works compilations, but it was still very good. I have seen and was not a big fan of Six Degrees or Agnes of God and was not familiar with True West, but I got the recording anyway because I had liked the others LA Theatre works recordings so much. I found the performances in Six Degrees a little weak and campy, while the performances in Agnes and True West were great. I ended up really liking True West and being mildly interested in the other two plays. True West has interesting dynamic characters with humor and intensity. Really nicely written. In both Six Degrees and Agnes, I was never really convinced of the reality of the characters (this is due to the writing not the direction or performances) so those two plays don’t quite give me what I want out of theater. Nevertheless, like pizza and sex, just about any theater is better than no theater! I have become a (somewhat surprised) enthusiast of theater on Audible. I only wish there were more compilations (instead of the many single plays which are not worth a full credit).
I really liked this collection. I did not expect to like the Heidi Chronicles but I loved it. The performances were great. The Young Man From Atlanta was also very good, but had a few lackluster performances. Anna Christie was excellently performed and was quite enjoyable. These were three plays which were new to me and really worth the listen. I really like listening to these LA Theatre Works selections and have more in my queue and plan on getting more. I had feared listening to stage theater on audible would be dry or boring, but these plays were totally engaging.
While I have loved the poetry of Hamlet, it wasn't until I listened to this performance of the play - powerfully well done - with commentary that I was able to transcend 21st century culture and immerse myself in the depths of Hamlet. The program unveiled my brain to the beauty which had been previously obscure.