An enigmatic young woman. A manipulative sister. Their brilliant father. An unexpected suitor. One life-altering question. The search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof is the perplexing problem in David Auburn's dynamic play. Winner of the 2001 Tony award for Best Play and the 200l Pulitzer Prize for drama.
(P)2004 L.A. Theatre Works
"A masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon." (Time)
"Flawless rendition....He gives each character color, personality, and heft, without ever vamping or straining for effect." (AudioFile)
"A complex, often startling picture of life in the region....[Jones'] narrative achieves crushing momentum through sheer accumulation of detail, unusual historical insight, and generous character writing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Jones has written a book of tremendous moral intricacy." (The New Yorker)
I had the good fortune to see Anne Heche twice in the Broadway production of PROOF and was delighted to see that her excellent performance has been preserved on audio (Gwyneth Paltrow was picked for the movie version before anyone knew how good Heche would be). The supporting performances are equally satisfying in this intelligent, compelling and, dare I say it, moving play. More than most plays, this one works beautifully in the audio medium.
I had heard so much about this play over the years, and the play itself is as wonderful as people said it is. But I had trouble with Anne Heche's portrayal. Her shrill, strident voice really grated on me at times, as did the nasal, whiny qualities it sometimes had. It's obviously a personal preference, so listen to the audio sample first before you buy it.
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It can not be characterized an Audio-book it is more like a Play
Anne Heche for sure
This is more dramatically driven. Anne plays a person that is bother line between crazy and genius. She Rocks!
Yes for sure. it was trilling
Loved this one! A superior play, acted with great style and brio. One of the very best in the LA Theatreworks series. If you enjoy audio plays try this one!
Yes, because this is a dramatization with great actors.
Engaged with all of them. Of course the two lead characters were my favorites compared to the self righteous sister.
I really liked all of them. They all contributed to story and my engagement.
Yes and no. One sitting would be great if doable, but I did over 4 or 5 sessions and enjoyed it thoroughly even with being in the middle of at least 10 other books.
I like this kind of dramatization. It was so good, looking for more like it.
Great story and nicely adapted for audio play. But Anne Heche?? An hour of that shrill, phoney voice was tortuous,
D. Auburn writes a great play, and Anne Heche scores high on her interpretation of Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant mathematician. Her portrayal resonated with me more so than with Gwyneth Paltrow's. The rest of the cast hold their own very well in ensemble with Ms. Heche.
My favorite radio play to date.
What a fabulous play! The actors are wonderful and the story of the losses suffered by the father mathematition, the genius of his caretaker daughter, her doubting, controlling, and absent sister, and a suitor is clever, sharp, humorous, and oh so good!
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