- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Dh Audio; abridged edition edition (January 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0886464307
- ISBN-13: 978-0886464301
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
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Grade 9 Up-William Shakespeare's comedy of disguised and deceptive love is entertainingly brought to listeners on these high-quality audiocassettes. Using the complete text from the New Cambridge Shakespeare text, the production presents a full cast of accomplished Shakespearean actors and actresses who skillfully convey the emotion and meaning, confusion and humor of this popular play. When twins Sebastian and Viola are shipwrecked and separated off the coast of Illyria, each believes the other is dead. Viola disguises herself as a boy, becomes a page of Duke Orsinio, and falls in love with him. The Duke is hopelessly in love with Olivia, but she is in the process of mourning her brother's death and becomes infatuated with Viola as she/he delivers messages for the Duke. When Sebastian shows up, Olivia confuses him with the Duke's page (Olivia) and marries the astonished young man. All is cleared up eventually when Viola and Sebatian meet and recognize each other. In the midst of all of this romantic confusion, servants and family members provide comic relief with their pompous, pretentious, and sometimes inebriated behavior. Early English music and excellent sound effects are sparingly included, yet add greatly to this performance. Reading along with the text is optional as the production moves at an easy-to-follow pace, and characterizations are clear and captivating. A booklet with background and a synopsis of the play, photos and descriptions of each cast member, and starting points for each scene on the proper tape side is a useful addition. For its entertainment value or as a supplement to the curriculum, this excellent audioplay is highly recommended.
Marilyn Higgins, Metuchen High School, NJ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
'The combination of careful scholarship emphasising the inspiration and excitement of the theatrical experience, with the freshly edited text, should make this one of the most useful new texts of Twelfth Night.' Theatre Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Love it!! Great book, came on time in good condition. Thank you!Published 14 days ago by Iliana Estrada
Enjoyable, but unrealistic to believe that 1) a woman would be okay marrying a complete stranger after confusing him with the actual person she fell for, and 2) a man would... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Samee Miller
Fantastic Play! Although the image shown with for the book is not the one I received. And was a little bit more wore than expected.Published 3 months ago by Amanda Wilkinson
What's not to like about a Shakespeare comedy? This is one of my favorites!Published 4 months ago by Netta
It's Shakespeare! Read it and revel in the mastery that is his writing.Published 4 months ago by Jonathan