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4.0 out of 5 starsNot what I expected
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
The product image shows COLLECTORS EDITION. The abridged 30 minute version without the additional music was delivered.
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2012
Went on a bit of a spree with Yale Strom products and finally got around to this. Written by Strom, singer Elizabeth Schwartz and author Ellen Kushner, who also introduces, this tale brings the themes of Passover startlingly to life with a lyrical, musical, mythical tale of women klezmer musicians. The actors are uniformly great - and lead Tovah Feldshuh is excellent - with the exception of author Neil Gaiman, who to my ears fell somewhat flat as an actor (and this minor criticism isn't likely to put a dent in his career - here on Amazon and elsewhere, he's far and away the biggest star associated with the project). My wife and I will listen to this yearly. Music by Strom is topnotch. A very smooth, well-produced radio play. And the cover art is also very nice indeed.
Producer/Director: Sue Zizza knows her way around an audio microphone and great audio theater. She directed Patrick Fenton's Jack's Last Call-"Say Goodbye to Kerouac" (which if you have not gotten yet, you should get!
This audio theater production , based on an Ellen Kusher tale, seem like a story that Isaac Bashevis Singer would have told. The story of a family of Jewish women who are also klezmer musicians struggles for survival during the Passover holiday. Will their music and love prove enough? This heartwarming tale is slightly feminist in scope, but do not let that stop you from your total enjoyment of this production.
The mostly New York theater cast is an audio fans dream. From Barbara Rosenblatt, Simon Jones, Miriam Margolyes and Tovah Feldshuh, the cast blends together in such harmony. What I found amazing is this seem like a stage play for the ears.
This small tale is so suited for audio. I cannot believe how good it is. There are a few missteps , but on the whole. It is great