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THE GLASS MENAGERIE

by | Read by Tennessee Williams, a Full Cast

Poetry & Drama • 3 hrs. • Unabridged • © 1945

Despite being digitally remastered, this 1964 full-cast production featuring four of America's best stage actors doesn't quite work. They sound as if they’re reading lines, rather than acting--they don't manage to make the listener suspend reality and enter the life of the play. Their Southern accents seem forced and the language stilted. In addition, as the actors wander in and out of range of the microphones, their voices strengthen, then fade. The third CD of the package contains rare recordings of Williams himself reading the opening dialogue and closing scene of the play, as well as several poems. It's interesting listening to his slightly nasal, gentle drawl, yet all in all, some archival material is best left on the shelf. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: FEB / MAR 03]

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Formats

Trade Ed. • Harper Audio/ Caedmon • 2000

CD ISBN $24.00 • Three CDs

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