Spanning more than two decades, Cakewalk dramatizes the tempestuous relationship between the writers Lillian Hellman and Peter Feibleman - she a famous legend, he 20 years her junior. The play tells a story timed to the rhythms of the human heart, ricocheting between bouts of tenderness and rage, humor and woe, sex and death.
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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, Maine
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Book Description L.A. Theatre Works. First Edition. audio book; new; complete play on single cassette. Bookseller Inventory # br3220