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    • The Crucible

    • By: Arthur Miller
    • Narrated by: Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley Jr., and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 747
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 602
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 604

    In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Abridged Version

    • By Michael G. Stoffel on 05-07-12

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Motherf--ker with the Hat

    • By: Stephen Adly Guirgis
    • Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162

    Addiction, pain, and explosive tempers are not exactly what you’d call the ingredients for a side-splitting comedy. Yet Steven Adly Guiguis has created a profane, hilarious masterpiece that earned a "hatful" of theatrical accolades in 2011, including a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for Bobby Cannavale. Stars the original Broadway cast: Chris Rock, Bobby Canavale, Annabella Sciorra, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Yul Vazquez.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hilarious and Unf**gettable

    • By Gretchen SLP on 07-25-15

    Regular price: $4.95

    • A Lesson Before Dying

    • By: Romulus Linney
    • Narrated by: Rick Foucheux, Keith Glover, Jamahl Marsh, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    A Lesson Before Dying is set in a small Louisiana Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young illiterate black man, is falsely convicted of murder and is sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, the plantation schoolteacher, agrees to talk with the condemned man. The two men forge a bond as they come to understand what it means to resist and defy one's fate.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Play

    • By Kassie on 03-01-07

    Regular price: $6.95

    • A Doll House

    • By: Henrik Ibsen
    • Narrated by: Calista Flockhart, Tony Abatemarco, Tim Dekay, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,014
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 928
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 923

    A new recording of Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, starring Calista Flockhart. Nora Helmer has everything a young housewife could want: beautiful children, an adoring husband, and a bright future. But when a carelessly buried secret rises from the past, Nora's well-calibrated domestic ideal starts to crumble. Ibsen's play is as fresh today as it was when it first stormed the stages of 19th-century Europe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Independence

    • By Renee on 01-24-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Oscar Wilde Collection

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jacqueline Bisset, Alfred Molina, and others
    • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 263

    Four classic comedies from one of the wittiest playwrights in Western literature: Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all featuring star-studded casts with the likes of Jacqueline Bisset, Miriam Margolyes, James Marsters, Alfred Molina, Roger Rees, Yeardley Smith, Eric Stoltz, and many more. This audio also includes a chilling dramatization of Wilde's sole novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Collection

    • By Anniebligh on 03-31-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Twelve Angry Men

    • By: Reginald Rose
    • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • OMG....I loved this dramatization!

    • By Debi Ursery on 04-06-12

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Five Short Stories by Women

    • By: Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Hempel, Rebecca Lee, and others
    • Narrated by: Emily Bergl, Lynn Collins, Sarah Drew, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    L.A. Theatre Works presents Five Short Stories by Women, a quintet of tales from some of America’s most distinguished female authors.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good dramas but lack variety

    • By The Lovely Rod on 02-24-17

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatized)

    • By: Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence". Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Delightfully silly

    • By Tad Davis on 09-12-11

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Grapes of Wrath (Dramatized)

    • By: John Steinbeck
    • Narrated by: Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 72

    Based on the epic novel by Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. Set during the Great Depression, tells the powerful story of the Joad family’s trek from the dust bowl of Oklahoma to the promise of a new life in California. But what they find threatens to rip apart their lives, and sever the ties that bind them together.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Dramatization killed it for me

    • By Kenneth on 02-25-11

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Macbeth

    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: James Marsters, Joanne Whalley, Josh Cooke, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 284
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 258
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 256

    Infamously known as the cursed Scottish play, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way – including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Might want to Read Along

    • By SydSavvy on 02-03-14

    Regular price: $6.95

    • God of Carnage

    • By: Yasmina Reza, Christopher Hampton - translation
    • Narrated by: Simon Helberg, Amy Landecker, Josh Stamberg, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Winner of the 2009 Tony Award®, God of Carnage is a brash and hilarious exploration of human nature. After one 11-year-old is hit by another, their parents meet to find a mature resolution. As the evening wears on, the veneer of civility degenerates. What begins as protective parenting ends as an excuse to let loose the primordial beast buried in each of us.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty Good.

    • By RILEY HALL on 12-03-17

    Regular price: $4.87

    • The George Bernard Shaw Collection

    • By: George Bernard Shaw
    • Narrated by: Shirley Knight, Anne Heche, JoBeth Williams, and others
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    Eight of George Bernard Shaw's most memorable plays in one splendid collection: Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Arms and the Man, Candida, The Devil’s Disciple, Major Barbara, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Misalliance, and Pygmalion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Impressive Collection of Shaw

    • By Michael on 10-04-12

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Oedipus the King

    • By: Sophocles
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 164

    In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus discovers that he has been caught in his terrible destiny, unknowingly murdering his father and marrying his mother.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By Mark on 11-24-09

    Regular price: $6.95

    • All My Sons

    • By: Arthur Miller
    • Narrated by: Julie Harris, James Farentino, Arye Gross, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    World War II is over and a family, mourning a son missing in action, plants a memorial tree and tries to go on with their lives. A storm blows down the tree and a devastating family secret is uprooted, setting the characters on a terrifying journey towards truth.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • terrific play, great performances

    • By Calliope on 04-20-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Mountaintop

    • By: Katori Hall
    • Narrated by: Aja Naomi King, Larry Powell
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside room 306 on the evening of April 3 is the subject of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop. Hours after King's final speech, punctuated by his immortal line "I've been to the mountaintop", the celebrated reverend forms an unlikely friendship with a motel maid as they talk into the early hours of what will be his final day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By OsteoRD on 10-28-17

    Regular price: $4.87

    • August: Osage County

    • By: Tracy Letts
    • Narrated by: Tara Lynne Barr, Shannon Cochran, Rosemarie DeWitt, and others
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 417
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 365
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 370

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Side-Splitting and Heart-Breaking!

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-10-15

    Regular price: $4.95

    • Stick Fly

    • By: Lydia Diamond
    • Narrated by: Justine Bateman, Dule Hill, Michole Briana White
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    How well do you know your family? Your social class? Your race? Sensitive "Spoon" LeVay and his brother "Flip" see their weekend at the family home on Martha's Vineyard as a perfect opportunity to introduce their girlfriends to their upper class African American parents. Instead they stumble into a domestic powder keg that exposes secrets of prejudice, hypocrisy, and adultery. This fantastic new play comes from the pen of one of the country's most provocative new playwrights!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It!

    • By Brittany on 02-03-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Never Marry A Mexican

    • By: Sandra Cisneros
    • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6

    A woman, Clemencia, remembers her family, her parents’ culture, and her affair with a married man. A glimpse of what it’s like to be Chicana, out of place, and not knowing which class you belong to.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extraordinary

    • By Dobbs on 10-15-17

    Regular price: $0.00

    • The Lion in Winter

    • By: James Goldman
    • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, Kathleen Chalfant, Full Cast
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Insecure siblings fighting for their parents' attention; bickering spouses who can't stand to be together or apart; adultery and sexual experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family: These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James Goldman's classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Falls flat

    • By Helen on 04-04-10

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Between Riverside and Crazy

    • By: Stephen Adly Guirgis
    • Narrated by: Elisa Bocanegra, John Cothran, Seamus Dever, and others
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    After his wife’s death, retired cop Walter "Pops" Washington has made a home for his ex-felon son in his sprawling, rent-controlled, Riverside Drive apartment. Will a long-simmering feud with the NYPD cause him to lose his home and the family he’s built there? 

    Regular price: $4.95

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