Library Ed. L.A. Theatre Works 2006
CD ISBN 978-1-5808-1353-2 $24.95 Two CDs
DD ISBN $18.17
ARMS AND THE MAN questions the false notions of war and love in Bulgaria and Russia in 1885. L.A. Theatre Works tries hard to honor Shaw in this production. Unfortunately, it does not succeed. Weak characterizations are at the heart of the problem as the actors lack any accent (Bulgarian, Russian, or British) and end up sounding simply American. Anne Heche's portrayal of Raina is disturbingly high pitched and breathy. Jeremy Sisto as Bluntschli possesses a deep voice with no energy, varied tones, or distinct qualities. Teri Garr as Catherine sounds as American as apple pie, a characterization that does not suit her Bulgarian character at all. This audio presentation is not up to the high standards of L.A. Theatre Works. M.R.E. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 07]
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