This BBC Radio 4 full-cast production from 2000 stars many of the original West End and Broadway stage cast: Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Ronald Pickup, and Joyce Redman, with Christopher Hanson. Written for the stage by David Hare, the play centers on fading actress Esme and her relationship with her daughter and son-in-law over a period of 15 years. It was acclaimed on its original London and Broadway runs, and was successfully revived in 2006.
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"Amy (Samantha Bond) is torn between her husband, a TV celebrity (Ronald Pickup), and her mother, a well-known actress (Judi Dench). (The cast is mostly that of the original British stage production.) Hare's play takes them from 1979 to 1995, pausing at dramatic moments in their often-difficult lives, relationships, and circumstances. The text is somewhat contrived and discursive, and its purported theme of the nature of sacrificial love has to be spelled out at the end. But scene by scene, the emotionally fraught interpersonal drama, played by such accomplished actors, especially the remarkable Dench, keeps the listener focused and involved. A bit of discreet narration for this radio version gracefully helps with action we can't see. An affecting production of an intelligent, if not exactly impressive, piece. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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