Work Song - Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright

Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
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In Work Song, tensions between master architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his tempestuous relationships are explored in this uniquely prismatic view of one of the great architects of the modern era. This engaging production includes a panel discussion with Wright biographer Harold Zellman. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Jim Beaver, Amy Brenneman, Chris Butler, Matthew Patrick Davis, Sean Dougherty, Robert Foxworth, Charles Janasz, Kathryn Meisle, Kali Rocha, and Raphael Sbarge.

©2007 Jeffery Hatcher & Eric Simonson (P)2007 L.A. Theatre Works

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🎭 Could Have Been Great With More Mamah 🎭

This was an okay listen, but not fantastic, for two basic reasons:

1.) Frank Lloyd Wright was sort of a jerk. The playwrights didn’t try to sugarcoat that, and instead worked with it and even possibly exaggerated it. So the only character to like or admire is Mamah, and

2.) There’s not nearly enough Mamah. The tragedy at Taliesin happens so early on in the play that there’s time for almost none of the love story of Frank and Mamah, even though the playwrights took up an entire chapter on an encounter with a fictional housewife, based on and evocative of Mamah (and portrayed by the same actress who portrays Mamah), who never existed. I would have loved a really in-depth exploration of the Frank-Mamah relationship instead. So I’m off to reread/re-listen to Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan.

Grade: B
Acting: A
Bechdel test: Fail, I think.

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Frank Lloyd Wright is very fascinating

I learned things about Frank Lloyd Wright that I never knew. the acting was worthwhile and enjoyable. the L. A. Theater works does a great job bringing people to life. This is a good way for high school students to learn about those who have gone before, in a way that enlightens the mind.

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Fun to listen to buy not accurate about F L w life.

We listened to this on our way to Falling Waters in Pennsylvania. We then purchased Up Close Frank Lloyd Wright by Jan Adkins at the gift store and discovered how inaccurate this drama is.

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  • 09-23-19

Interesting and entertaining

This was informative albeit allowing for theatrical license. I particularly enjoyed the q and a at the end as this provided further insight into a flawed but talented architect.