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An unusual love story spanning more than two decades dramatizes the tempestuous relationship between the writers Lillian Hellman and Peter Feibleman--she a famous legend, he 20 years her junior. Accompanied by original music by Carly Simon. Performed by Elaine Stritch and Bruce Davison.
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Since Miller's ALL THAT FALL premiered in 1964, the memoryplay has grown into a full-blown genre, in which a character addressesthe audience directly between scenes of his or her remembrances. Onstage such fare yields problematic results because the present tenseof live performance often collides with the past tense of memory. Onthe other hand, in audio, it combines the feel of theater withstorytelling. In this instance, novelist Feibleman recalls his affairwith his mentor, the late Lillian Hellman, the hard-living playwrightand activist, a quarter-century older than he. The formidable Hellmanis portrayed by the formidable Elaine Stritch, and her narratingprotégé by Bruce Davison. Though under-rehearsed, these fineperformers, as well as the subject matter, provide fascinatinglistening, loaded with wit and true-life drama. Y.R. © AudioFile2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Library Journal:
Talented, profane, outrageous Lillian Hellman, author and playwright, lived dramatically. Her intermittent companion, Feibleman, 25 years younger than she, wrote the fond but frank Lilly: Reminiscences of Lillian Hellman in 1988. In 1998 he wove telling dialog from it into Cakewalk. Elaine Stritch, ideal as the scrappy Lilly, and Bruce Davison, fine as her able foil, perform most of the scenes. Their rapier wit, sometimes charged with anger and emotion, provokes laughter from a live audience. The book offers more about Hellman's relationships with Dashiell Hammett, Samuel Goldwyn, and Elizabeth Taylor; the Communist witch hunt; etc. In the play, the fascinating monster gains sympathy even before her paralyzed, blind finale. Prudes will dislike her freedom with obscenities; others can regard them as essential for an intimate portrait of the creator of The Little Foxes. Recommended warmly for general libraries and especially for drama collections.DGordon Blackwell, Eastchester, NY
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Book Description L A Theatre Works, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1580811639