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Pericles: Prince of Tyre (Library Edition Audio CDs) (L.A. Theatre Works Audio Theatre Collections) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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The play involves a lot of travel, reminiscent of the old Rick Nelson song (“I’m a travelin’ man, made a lot of stops all over the world”). That’s what Pericles does, travel by sea and make a lot stops all over the Greek world (Antioch, Tyre, Tarsus, Pentapolis, Mytilene and Ephesus). The story begins with a riddle, propounded by Antiochus, King of Antioch, which Pericles solves. The answer, which no one has found (death is the penalty of failure), is that father and daughter are having an incestuous relationship. Death is the penalty of solving the riddle too, it turns out, and Pericles must escape. Back in Tyre he leaves Helicanus to govern in his absence and sets off for Tarsus where he relieves the famine-stricken city. Still pursued by one of Antiochus’ assassins, he puts to sea once again, only to be shipwrecked on the shore of Pentapolis. A tournament in that fair city is underway, which Pericles wins. He also wins the heart of the king’s daughter, Thaisa (pronounced Ty-eesa). They are married, and when Pericles learns it’s safe to return to Tyre, the two board a ship for his home.Read more ›
Geniuses grow and change with everything they do. The Beatles of "A Hard Day's Night" are not the Beatles of "A Day in the Life." Shakespeare spent his career shifting with the tides of what was Currently Popular. If he had lived in the mid 1970's, he would have followed a "Five Easy Pieces" with a "Star Wars". He rolled with the flow, but stamped his own creativity on every work. "Pericles" and the other later romances were written because that's what the current popular genre was. Box office dictated form; artistry dictated content.
Having recently read "Pericles", I have to say that it's one of the best, wackiest plays ever written. (I also think "Measure for Measure" is meant to be darkly funny, not brooding and angsty; but that's just me.) "Pericles" is what would happen if the writer of the Hee Haw "Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me" song had decided to make a Hope and Crosby Road picture. Unlike Shakespeare's tragic heroes and their Fatal Flaws, Pericles is just a poor schmuck (who happens to be a king) upon whom Murphy's Law comes down like a 50 pound hammer. EVERYTHING happens to this poor guy; your jaw drops at his second or third consecutive shipwreck.Read more ›
Pericles is a prince who decides to win a bride by attempting to solve a riddle. If he solves it, he wins the princess, if he fails he dies. He solves the riddle, but in so doing he finds out the king is sleeping with his daughter. To avoid being killed, he runs away. He then travels around the Mediterranean, meets a much nicer princess and marries her and conceives a child. He goes back home, but while at sea his wife dies as she gives birth to a daughter, whom he calls Marina. The superstitious sailors insist on throwing her body overboard. You can see where this is going: his wife Thaisa is not really dead.
Anyway at the end and after many years Pericles, his wife, and his daughter are reunited and everyone lives happily ever after (sort of) except for the first king and princess who died offstage before the play was half over.
Many Shakespeare plays have plots as silly as does Pericles. What makes this one so bad? For one thing, the dialogue is too formal and formulaic. Characters do what they are supposed to do, behave as the audience expects them to behave. There is little original thinking in how the play develops. Also, there are simply too many asides where the character explains what they are doing and thinking instead of suggesting it through what they do and what they say to each other.Read more ›
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“Pericles” is an episodic play, very Dickens like in its large cast of characters, sprawling locales, and spanning many years. Read morePublished 11 months ago by B. Wilfong
I've just come in from sitting on the grass in the evening fog in San Francisco, watching the Shakespeare in the Park Production of Pericles Prince of Tyre, shivering some but... Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by Gio
An excellent addition to all the ourstanding Arkangel Shakespeare audio dramatizationsPublished on August 15, 2005 by Louis
Aside from people who just plain hate Shakespeare (and I don't get them at ALL), there are two types of Shakespeare Snobs. 1. Read morePublished on September 6, 2004 by Craig Gustafson