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Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play, Tracy Letts' darkly comic epic offers a painfully funny look at a family struggling in the desolate heart of America.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast recording, featuring members of the original Steppenwolf Theatre and Broadway productions: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Deanna Dunagan (Tony Award®, Best Leading Actress), Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Scott Jaeck, Ron Livingston, Robert Maffia, Mariann Mayberry, Rondi Reed (Tony Award®, Best Featured Actress), and David Warshofsky. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded by L.A. Thetare Works before a live audience.

©2014 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2014 L.A. Theatre Works

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Side-Splitting and Heart-Breaking!

I've seen this show live and this is the next-best thing. Fantastic in every way!

17 of 24 people found this review helpful

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All too Real

Excellent play filled with real people and real issues. Enjoyed the story and the performance. Good story development leaves you satisfied and wanting more.

19 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Funny and gut wrenching drama.

Sometimes outrageously laugh out loud funny, but the laugh sticks in your throat as often as not. This is at it's heart a gut wrenching family drama. All the more harrowing due to a great cast of actors that know and feel their characters. The emotions really comes across.

I hesitated when buying this. Do I really want to give almost three hours of listening time to a live audience play? Let me say, I did not regret it.

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Hated the bad language! Too much!

I absolutely hated the foul language! It was carried too far and ruined the story for me! The performers were good. The story was disturbing. But the cursing like a longshoreman ruined it. Total waste of my money and time.

62 of 106 people found this review helpful

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awsome

I love listening to Audiobooks. I can listen to a story and still do work. Thid play was wonderful though! great acting!

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Almost as good as being there...

I never got to see this play live. This is the next best thing. I'm very glad I purchased this title. The story is compelling and very well written. I've read plays before, but this stars the original Tony award winning cast. Great way to spend 3 hours. Listening to a little bit of culture.

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this was good

wow felt like I was actually watching a play.....I'm going to listen again. would recommend for a short read

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outstanding

What a wonderful performance, each one of the performers is at the top of their game.

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Amazing story!

This emotional interplay of family relationships and the role of grace and forgiveness kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the performance.

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Emotional and Exciting

Did not realize I was purchasing a Play instead of a short story. I am so glad I did. Easy to follow the characters and scene changes. A worthwhile listen and now I would like to see the movie . Very intense, exciting and emotional - a typical family at its worst. Nicely performed--bravo.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful