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I have 14 of these productions on audio cassette.
I found them all highly entertaining!!
I really want to send these out to one member - I'm open to your deal suggestion - just drop me a PM with an offer.
These aren't posted to my shelf which is why I've included story descriptions here.
Thanks for looking!
1. Private Lives by Noel Coward
Starring: Rosalind Ayres, Marnie Mosiman, Ian Ogilvy, Begonya Piazza and Kristoffer Tabori.
On the French Riviera, the lights of a yacht are reflected in the water, and in the eyes of four lovers, hilariously mismatched. Perhaps Coward's greatest comedy, Private Lives shimmers with wit, romance, desire and bittersweet truth.
2. Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
Starring: Max Casella, Peter Michael Goetz, Valerie Harper, Alexana Lambros, Anna Sophie Loewenberg, Jonathan Silverman and Joyce Van Patten.
It's 1937; the Nazis are invading Poland. From the gritty prospect of Brighton Beach -- a Brooklyn enclave teeming with Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants -- the Depression's end still seems little more than a distant miracle. These dark ingredients form the backdrop of the first play in the comic, semi-autobiographical trilogy that includes Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound; they help to make its humor universal.
3. The Cocktail Hour by A.R. Gurney
Starring: Valorie Armstrong, Keene Curtis, Bruce Davison and Nan Martin.
In this sophisticated comedy, a gadfly son shatters the peaceful cocktail hour of his WASP parents in upstate New York by announcing that his new play, soon to be produced, is about them. He thinks the truth will be therapeutic; his parents think it will be devastating.
4. Park Your Car In Harvard Yard by Israel Horowitz
Starring: Judith Ivey and Jason Robards.
In this hilarious and deeply moving play, Jacob Brackish, the toughest, meanest teacher ever to set foot in Gloucester High School is dying...at home. His advertisement for a housekeeper to look after him is answered by Katherine, a woman Jacob has forgotten he flunked years before.
5. 'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman
Starring: Sharon Gless and Kathering Helmond.
A grim, reductive logic forms most suicides. Such logic -- cumulative and relentless -- powers 'Night Mother, winner of both the Susan Smith Blackburn award for best new play by a British or American woman when it premiered in 1983, and a Pulitzer Prize.
6. Some Americans Abroad by Richard Nelson
Starring: Ken Baltin, William Cain, Tara Callaghan, Lindsay Crouse, Julie Harris, Will Lyman, Kathleen McInerny, Dossy Peabody, Paula Plum, Alan Rachins, Mark Schilling and Wallace Shawn.
A witty comedy in which a group of American academics with a gaggle of students in tow are in London to refresh themselves at the fountain of English culture. They expose their charges to English theatre at the rate of a play a night. From the head of the department to temporary lecturer, they have all brought with them their personal and professional problems.
7. The Great Tennessee Monkey Trail by Peter Goodchild
Starring: Ed Asner, Jeff Corbett, Tyne Daly, Charles Durning, Harold Gould, Gerrit Graham, Logan Ramsey, John Randolph and Joe Spano.
It is a reconstruction of the celebrated 1925 trial in Dayton, Tennessee. Obstensibly about a teacher's illegal teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution, it evolved into a "duel to the death" (the prosecution's words) in a contest between theology and science. The recording was made in Hollywood, the cast were all American, Peter Goodchild, the adapter, was British, and the production team were half British, half American. Neither theatre nor documentary, it succeeds in thrillingly being both.
8. Camping With Henry And Tom by Mark St. Germain
Starring: Alan Alda, Lee Arenberg, David Dukes and Charles Durning.
President Harding wants to be with his mistress. Industrialist Henry Ford wants to be President. And inventor Thomas Alva Edison wonders how the three of them ever got stuck in the woods together. Inspired by an actual camping trip taken b the three men in 1921, playwright Mark St. Germain creates a rollicking adventure filled with humor, insight, and surprising relevance to the politics of our time.
9. The Hole In The Top Of The World by Fay Weldon
Starring: Barbara Bain, Zeljko Ivanek, Valerie Landsburg and Walter Matthau.
Walter Matthau plays a renowned and much-married scientist, presently working in Antarctica with his latest mistress. Complications arise when one of his former wives comes knocking on his igloo door. Witty, provocative and very funny.
10. Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting by Ed Schmidt
Starring: Mr. Rickey has an extraordinary prmise: it places four of trhe century's most important African-American figures in a hotel room on a rainy spring day in 1947, where they engage in a high-stakes battle over issues of lasting consequence. The men are Joe Louis, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Paul Robeson and Jackie Robinson.
11. The Perfectionist by Joyce Carol Oates
Starring: Barbara Bosson, Annabeth Gish, Harold Gould, Valerie Landsburg, David Selby and David Schwimmer.
The prize-winning author turns her satiric eye on Tobias Harte, a man obsessed with perfection in everything from ethics to egg salad. Rollicking comedy ensues as Harte struggles with his highly imperfect family and friends.
12. Fallen Angels by Noel Coward
Starring: Annette Bening, Harriet Harris, Judith Ivey, Joe Mantegna, John Rubinstein and Kristoffer Tabori.
Julia and Fred, and Willy and Jane are happily married and the best of friends. However, love and friendship are put to the test when a postcard arrives with a picture of Capri on one side, and on teh other, news of the imminent arrival of a certain handsome Frenchman. This is Noel Coward at his inimitable best -- gay, debonair, infinitely sophisticated, in the style that won him his international reputation as the most successful purveyor of high comedy in the modern theatre.
13. The Truth Teller by Joyce Carol Oates
Starring: Charles Durning, Arthur Hanket, Gary Kroeger, Marsha Mason, Priscilla Pointer, William Schallert and Jobeth Williams.
A hilarious take-off on a classic Southern play begins when liberated Hedda arrives home to visit the family estate, ruled by the family's tyrannical patriarch, "Tiny" Culligan. Tiny doesn't know what to make of Hedda's intellectual boyfriend, Saul. But then, Saul doesn't know what to make of Hedda's sister, the slinky Maggie, who finds Jewish professors very sexy indeed.
14. Steambath by Bruce Jay Friedman
Starring: Jason Alexander, Edward Asner, Gerrit Graham, Mary Gross, Arthur Hanket, Paul Mercier and Ruben Sierra.
A parade of unforgettable characters emerge from the steam, in this hilarious supernatural bathhouse. There is Tandy, fresh from teaching art appreciation at the Police Academy; Merideth, whose last memory involves buying a micro-mini skirt; Biberman, a karate silver-belt who masquerades as a paraplegic; not to mention the Puerto Rican janitor, a mysterious man given to omniscient musings and manipulating the fate of mankind.
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