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  • All the Ways to Say I Love You

  • By: Neil LaBute
  • Narrated by: Judith Light
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

All the Ways to Say I Love You by Neil LaBute, directed by Leigh Silverman, is a thoughtful, psychological solo play centered around the character Faye Johnson, performed by multi-award-winning actress Judith Light (Transparent, American Crime Story, Who's the Boss?). Reflecting on an event from her past, Johnson confronts the defining question of her life: What is the weight of a lie? 

All the Ways to Say I Love You received its World Premiere production at the MCC Theater in September of 2016. MCC is under the leadership of Artistic Directors Robert Lupone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West. 

Bonus content includes an Audible-exclusive conversation between director Leigh Silverman and actress Judith Light.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Way too short--less than an hour

  • By A. Hansmann on 03-06-18

Great Title Promises much more than it delivers!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I wasted a credit on a story that was not very original and certainly did not live up to the spectacular possibilities of its title! And do not get me started on the one hour interview of chapter two—which was a gushing, pointless review of Light’s career starting with Who’s The Boss as.an unsung feminist masterpiece! Judith Light is a great actress but this work was so predictable and truly just skated the surface of a subject that would yes make her a pariah! But that was not explored, just a rather predictable shallow presentation of one of the most societally shunned things a person can do! Honestly Is this the best Audible can do with its new theatre series?

  • Six Degrees of Separation

  • By: John Guare
  • Narrated by: Chuma Hunter-Gault, Alan Alda, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In a Fifth Avenue apartment high above Central Park, a weathy art dealer and his wife are trying to interest a moneyed friend in a $2 million investment when an unexpected young guest arrives - and changes their lives forever. Performed by a full cast starring Alan Alda, Swoosie Kurtz, and Chuma Hunter-Gault.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking & funny theatre, makes you think

  • By Emily on 05-07-14

Compelling Satire

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Even though the Upper Eastside dialogue seemed a bit too writerly to be real, I found this to be a compelling story once the charming imposter entered the picture. Lots of twists and turns and a long, philosophical monologues on art, the imagination and Catcher In the Rye that may or may not be your thing.

  • A View from the Bridge

  • By: Arthur Miller
  • Narrated by: Mary McDonnell, Harry Hamlin, Amy Pietz, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

Italian-American immigrant life in the 1950s textures this searing drama of love and revenge. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is devoted to his wife, Beatrice, and to his niece, Catherine. When Beatrice's impoverished Sicilian cousins enter the U.S. illegally in the hope of finding work, Eddie gives them a helping hand. But when Catherine and one of her cousins fall in love, Eddie's affection for his niece turns into obsession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Comedy

  • By Abdulaziz on 05-02-10

Mesmerizing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This may be one of the most spellbinding plays I have ever listened to. Miller totally recreates 1950s Brooklyn in an Italian neighborhood. It is a story of obsession and how it leads to inevitable tragedy. Ed O’Neill is masterful as the possessive, controlling Eddie! I may have to listen to it again. Just an astounding piece of theatre. I now want to read everything Arthur Miller has ever written.

  • The Worst of Bogosian, Volume One

  • By: Eric Bogosian
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Meet Eric Bogosian's unforgettable characters - the stud, the drug dealer, the money-hungry guru, and the molecule-spewing derelict on the train. Bogosian performed these solos as well as some of his other favorite riffs from his OBIE-award winning shows, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee live at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC on July 28, 2003. The Worst of Bogosian, Volume One is available only from Audible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is a genius.

  • By Frank on 05-05-10

Brilliant but nauseatingly crude

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

No doubt Bogosian is brilliantly astute in his performance and in his observations but the language was so viscerally crude in its vivid, graphic descriptions of bodily functions that it was truly nauseating. If there was just a little of that, I would have been ok, but the lasting impression was wow that is just way too gross.

  • Harry Clarke

  • With Bonus Performance: Lillian
  • By: David Cale
  • Narrated by: Billy Crudup, David Cale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

A sexually charged and wickedly funny thriller starring Tony Award-winning actor Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke is the story of a shy Midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the titular cocky Londoner. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family's life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Live Theater at Home

  • By Linda R. Harrington on 04-14-18

mesmerizing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This is solo theatre at its best! Absolutely kept me hooked from start to finish! Brilliant! And the discussion at the end is a must for any student of playwriting and/or theatre.

  • The Prisoner of Second Avenue

  • By: Neil Simon
  • Narrated by: Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, and Neil Simon strike comic gold in this classic tale of a married couple trying to survive life in their New York apartment building. Fresh from their wildly successful West End revival, Dreyfuss and Mason "effortlessly convey the abrasions - and affection - of a longtime marriage," says Variety.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Simon’s Best

  • By EAlex on 08-29-18

Not Simon’s Best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Despite great performances, this play really isn’t as funny as I was expecting. Although the audience seemed absolutely falling on the floor in this performance of LATW, I found the punch lines overworked. Still a great look at a mid-century NYC marriage.

  • Lord Edgware Dies (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

‘Monsieur Poirot, somehow or other I’ve just got to get rid of my husband!’ No sooner had she uttered the words than Lady Edgware’s husband was dead, brutally stabbed in the neck. The evidence against her is overwhelming, the case cut and dried. But what was the truth behind it all? What enemies lurked in the background of the victim’s life? Hercule Poirot is on the case, intrigued once more, ready to investigate murder in the library...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Lively Christie I Have Read

  • By EAlex on 01-26-18

The Most Lively Christie I Have Read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

This story gets off to a rousing start and is more animated and better paced than other stories I have read thus far.

  • Man of the Moment

  • By: Alan Ayckbourn
  • Narrated by: Rosalind Ayres, Jane Carr, Kenneth Danziger, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The price of accidental fame is hashed out in this comedy about a famous bank robber and the clerk who foiled his biggest heist. Ayckbourn’s 1988 play anticipates the popularity - and absurdity - of reality TV. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Rosalind Ayres as Jill Rillington; Jane Carr as Trudy Parks; Kenneth Danziger as Douglas Beechey; Martin Jarvis as Vic Parks; Ian Oglivy as Kenny Collins; and Yeardley Smith as Sharon Giffin. Directed by Robert Robinson. Recorded before a live audience in Santa Monica, California in February 1994.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened to it TWICE!

  • By EAlex on 06-11-17

Listened to it TWICE!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Funny, smart and oh so true! Loved it! Truly captures the cynicism of TV entertainment journalism.

  • Long Ago and Far Away

  • By: David Ives
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bennett, Jane Brucker, Ian Gomez, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A series of short comedic works from playwright David Ives, with subjects ranging from the Lindbergh baby to chimps typing literary classics. The title work is a more serious, nostalgic look at two generations of apartment dwellers who meet in a time warp. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Samantha Bennett, Jane Brucker, Ian Gomez, Arye Gross, Richard Kind, Dinah Manoff, Nia Vardalos and Tom Virtue. Directed by Ron West. Recorded before a live audience in June, 1995.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some clunkers among the brilliance

  • By EAlex on 06-03-17

Some clunkers among the brilliance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Disappointed! Expected more from the genius of David Ives. Seven menus was annoying and Words, words, words was a terrific conceit but went on way too long after the joke about writing monkeys was over. The quirky Philadelphia, the first, however, made it worth the pricetag.

  • True West

  • By: Sam Shepard
  • Narrated by: Dean Cameron, Francis Guinan, full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard's classic comedy is a story of estranged brothers Austin and Lee. Shepard compares and contrasts the reality of the two brothers by forcing them to come to terms with each other, with themselves, and with family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast play

  • By EAlex on 03-07-17

Fast play

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Terrific acting. Fast and fun play. Often laighed out loud nice twist in the second act

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