The tale opens in 1938 when the 31-year-old Hepburn is five years beyond her first Oscar-winning successes. In the middle of a career slump after a series of movie flops, she waits by the phone to hear whether she nailed the part of Scarlett in a film called Gone With the Wind. The story moves to 1983, when Parkinson's disease has left her voice shaking, her hand clutching a cane, but her eyes still shining with intelligence, wit and the wisdom that informs a long life lived to the fullest. Tea at Five touches on Hepburn's turbulent childhood, her 15 year-old brother's suicide, and her 27-year affair with Spencer Tracy.
©2002 Matthew Lombardo; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"Mulgrew is great as Kate!" (New York Post)
I didn't have the joy of seeing "Tea At Five". However, experiencing it in this format is surreal. Being Southern, I love great storytellers. Kate Mulgrew steps aside and lets Ms. Hepburn have her say. It's the best 1 hour and 11 minutes you could ever spend having a story told to you in a way that makes you feel like you're living it with her. I highly recommend checking out Ms. Hepburn's memoir "Me". It's a wonderful companion to "Tea At Five". Beyond Five Stars!
This marks my first book purchased from audible.com. Needless to day I was very pleased. Kate Mulgrew is MIRACULOUS. Yes she does Hepburn's voice...yes she is consistent and believeable; but it is her delivery which leads you to believe you are sitting in the living room of Ms. Hepburn herself. Very enjoyable.
First, let me say that Kate Mulgrew is absolutely fantastic as Katherine Hepburn. No better actress could have been found to embody the voice and character of Katherine Hepburn -- arguably one of the finest actresses of her generation and a true American icon. Secondly, I just love the whole conversational tone of this recording. You actually envision Kate Hepburn saying these things. This is a great recording for fans of either Kate.
I can not remember when I have enjoyed a narrative more! Having been a lifelong Hepburn fan I was expecting the usual information. What a surprise! Kate does Kate very well and captured that famous spunk! The insights gleaned here make it much easier to understand why Miss Hepburn did what she did through her never a dull moment life.
Don't hesitate to get this one...it is one in a million!
I have MS and LD and make spelling and grammar mistakes, please forgive the handicap.
Kate Mulgrew plays Katherine Hepburn to a T in Tea at Five in this sad angry look at the actress live in a short play/ audio book. Too bad they could have looked some of the many wonderful and positive things about the woman.
Love Kate Mulgrew as Katharine Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo's THIN playlette. The pleasure is all in the performance, and Mulgrew IS a pleasure and MAKES this otherwise lean piece worthwhile.
I've just been transported to Katherine Hepburn's home for Tea at Five! Kate Mulgrew's performance was, dare I say it...even better than Cate Blanchett's in The Aviator! She nailed it in all the right places. The story was beautifully written, culminating in a successful meshing of all the major aspects of Hepburn's life. Ranging from strong, desperate, funny, sad, personal and real (with Hepburn's fully dramatic real personality)! I very much enjoyed this play and would recommend it to anyone who loves Katherine Hepburn. I know I'll be listening to this one many times! Bravo, Kate Mulgrew! You are an amazing & talented actor and I only wish I could see you perform this on the stage!
It's like a radio play.
To short, I wanted more.
She sounds like like Kate and makes it seem like you are right there in the room with Kate.
Those damn Cattalillies are still blooming.
Just a really fun time listening to this play. Have heard it twice now.
Kate Mulgrew does an outstanding job in this two act play ... Listening to it I believed Katharine Hepburn really was across from me having tea. Wonderful!
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