Retail pak Greathall Productions 1996
CS ISBN 1882513150 $9.95 One cassettes
Jim Weiss uses his distinctive story-telling style on two of Shakespeare's plays, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. He presents the story of each, using the approach that has gained him acclaim for his GREEK MYTHS, KING ARTHUR, THE JUNGLE BOOK and numerous others. Weiss tells each story in a way that simplifies but doesn't dumb-down the literary quality. He uses phrases and descriptions from the text, but embellishes the characters with voices and emphasis. The cast of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM offers lots of opportunity for character voices, and the playfulness is most appealing for children. In THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, casting Kate like a tempestuous sister will resonate with siblings. Weiss is particularly good at holding the attention of listeners of all ages. He gives us a family event--making the stories fun and accessible. R.F.W. ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPT 97]
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