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PHIL

PHIL San Diego, CA, United States Member Since 2011
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  • "I'm a Noah Feldman fan now"

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    Sometimes he hits dazzlingly, sometimes he misses, but the guy has a scary-swift brain that turns over all kinds of rocks, and makes rapid sharp interpretations. The effect is to get my brain firing well too. (And his work in print has that quality.) It's fun to listen to that overclocked processor in his head, wired so well to his mouth, at work. I hope he is working on a book on the contemporary Supreme Court.

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    Noah Feldman with Jeffrey Toobin: The Supreme Court Then and Now

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    Noah Feldman discusses the the Supreme Courts record on individual rights, particularly Justice Anthony Kennedy’s, and asks: “Can the health care bill be described as a violation of individual rights?”

    PHIL says: "I'm a Noah Feldman fan now"
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  • "Another rousing Shakespeare"

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    The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Blackstone Audio have joined forces to give us another rousing production of Shakespeare. (Their earlier production, of "Hamlet," is one of the more compelling productions of that play available on Audible.) The audio production is based on an OSF stage production from 2011.

    Some will object to the updating. This production has a strong Latino flavor, with mariachi music and bits and pieces of Spanish dialogue scattered throughout the play. There are electric buzzers, intercoms, sliding gates, and car horns. That kind of thing has never bothered me as long as the production remains true to the basic issues in the play and the truth of the characters; and that's certainly the case here. (If the BBC can set their audio production of "Julius Caesar" in Mussolini's Italy, why not this?) The sound engineers have created a completely convincing, lived-in world.

    The production is helped by strong performances from Anthony Heald as the Duke and Stephanie Beatriz as Isabella. The Duke is often portrayed as a kind of brooding, mysterious presence, but Heald plays him as slightly vulnerable and often uncertain, even frantic, about what needs to happen next. Nothing quite makes up for the cruel trick he plays on Isabella - letting her believe her brother has been executed, when he hasn't been, in order to test her mettle - but that's the way Shakespeare wrote it.

    The main disappointment, for me, was in the "comic relief." Lucio and his cronies come off a bit flat against the lively background. A minor flaw in an otherwise excellent piece of work. Looking forward to more OSF productions on audio!

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    Measure for Measure (Dramatized)

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    Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare’s compelling tragicomedy that explores restraint—and lack thereof. The duke’s authoritarian deputy, Angelo, is hell-bent on stamping out moral decay. He reactivates outdated draconian laws and aims his arrogant crosshairs at a young man whose fiancée is pregnant, sentencing him to death. Angelo is sternly incorruptible—until he meets Isabela....

    Tad Davis says: "Another rousing Shakespeare"

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