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LA BETE
Poetry & Drama

LA BETE

by | Read by Michael Cumpsty, Jen Dede, Alice Hirson, John de Lancie, Matt Letscher, Robert Machray, Tom McGowen, Amy Pietz, Andre Sogliuzzo, Sarah Zimmerman

Poetry & Drama • 2 hrs. • Audio Program • © 2009

The patron of a troupe of seventeenth-century French actors foists on them a conceited, silly playwright and performer—to the outrage of their own writer, an intellectual and artist. Hirson's rhyming verse is sometimes strained or veers toward doggerel but can be clever, especially in the almost-contrapuntal use of many voices in unison or in rapid succession. Such sections are well read and well recorded. Some speeches go on too long, a problem for listeners, who have no actions or expressions to observe. The audible reactions of background characters—usually laughter—are sometimes uncomfortably overdone. But the principal actors are sharp, clear, and effective, making for a lively performance of a sometimes-amusing, sometimes-thoughtful, and only rarely tedious comic drama. W.M. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2009]

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Formats

Library Ed. • L.A. Theatre Works • 2009

CD ISBN 978 1 58081 577 2 $25.95 • Two CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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