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Publisher's Summary

John Lithgow and B.D. Wong here recreate their original roles from the Tony Award-winning production. Inspired by an actual espionage scandal, a French diplomat discovers the startling truth about his Chinese mistress.

(P)1997 L.A. Theatre Works

Critic Reviews

"Both Lithgow and Wong have refined their work over hundreds of stage performances in these challenging roles. Hearing two such accomplished actors in parts they have mastered is a rare treat....[This is] a classic interpretation of an acclaimed play. On the strength of recordings like these, the L.A. Theatre Works is producing radio drama to rival the quality work of the BBC." (AudioFile)

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great play, but you need to know it first

This is the first time I've downloaded a live production, and so the sounds of the audience and sound quality took a bit of getting used to. This is a great play and the performers are wonderful, but without the settings and actually seeing the performers (especially regarding the BD Wong's performance), you might get a little lost if you didn't know the story first - if not from the play, at least from the movie of the same name.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Performance

I got this book when I was very busy in school and this was one of our assigned plays for a scenic design class. I read the script along with reading at times, and listening to this gave me a better understanding of the storyline, more so than some of my classmates. B.D. Wong and John Lithgow gave a performance that made these characters to life and it could give you a picture in your head as to what would have been going on, on the stage.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It's good

It doesn't match the book. Some of the word change but I like the audible.

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Brilliantly performed

A deep and pointed commentary and criticism of both racial and gender interactions set in a backdrop of the impending Vietnam war, set in Japan. The acting was absolutely incredible, especially BD Wong, who has a depth of character and intelligence that is conveyed perfectly to the audience while remaining opaque to the John Lithgow's tragically flawed protagonist. Definitely worth experiencing.

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great play

I don't really like plays, had to read this one for my English class. This playhowever was really great.Very easy to understand and Entertaining to listen to.

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  • Robert
  • Long Valley, New Jersey, United States
  • 11-06-08

Really quick and enjoyable

This was a great production with fantastic acting and an excellent experience all around.

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new understandings

i was very suspicious I too wondered how you can be with someone for 20 years and not know their sex yet I can see how his love for her or should I say him clouded his judgment overall I like to play I think they did a phenomenal job at representing each character

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Great voices.

Great voices, great story. The clapping and laughing of the audience can be a bit annoying, but no worse more than it would be if attending the play.

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  • Chris
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 02-24-13

Beautiful recording

Absolutely beautiful recording of a great play. So glad LA Theatre Works was able to get John Lithgow and BD Wong together for this. A true treat.

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Why am I able to buy this but not listen to this?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The site let me purchase this book then told me they did not have the technology for it to be played. Seems like a total waste of my money to purchase something that I cannot play and they didn't tell me until I was trying to download it!

What could David Henry Hwang have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing wrong on his part.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

I know nothing about the narrator because it would play.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

No idea I couldn't listen to it!

Any additional comments?

Fix this or don't sell the book and make it appear available.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful