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by | Read by Charlayne Woodard

Poetry & Drama • 1.75 hrs. • Unabridged • ©

Charlayne Woodard's full-length stage monologue of her youthful impressions of her intellectually challenged aunt Beneatha, who seems to have perished young when she tried to fly off a precipice, begins at an amazing pitch of energy, which she more amazingly sustains throughout. She enthralls the listener--as writer and performer--with consummate theatricality, expertly orchestrating tensions, rhythms, humor, and pathos. She manages to make experiences peculiar to middle-class African-American Baby Boomers seem familiar to Americans of other backgrounds. LATW's producer/engineer Raymond Guama again gives us impeccable tracks. The overall excellence of this production almost completely obscures its flaws: a manipulative, sentimental script and a performance that almost tries too hard, as if Woodard were auditioning for an important movie role, rather than diverting a paying audience. Y.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 02]

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Formats

Library Ed. • L.A. Theatre Works • 2000

CS ISBN $22.95 • Two cassettes

CD ISBN $24.95 • Two CDs

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