Desire Under the Elms

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (1.32 hours)
Product Number: Z10006687
Released: Dec 01, 2007
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781580814393
Narrator/s: Amy Brenneman 
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
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Eben Cabot s future seemed assured when his mother, on her deathbed, secured her husband Ephraim s word that he would leave his fortune to her son. Ephraim gave his word, but the promise came at a price. Two sons from a previous marriage were cut out, making life in the Cabot household miserable while his dispossessed progeny hoped for a change of heart. But, when Ephraim brings home a new wife, Abbie, any plans Eben and his stepbrothers might have had for a carefree future grow dim. The brothers decide to depart for greener pastures; Eben s choice is to stay and fight for what is his. Abbie, however, only entered into the marriage looking to secure a livelihood of her own, and there is no room for Eben in her financial planning. Never loving Ephraim, she cynically begins an affair with Eben to undercut his opposition...and the two enemies find themselves in love. Soon after, she bears Eben s child. To prove she would never love anyone more than Eben, she hatches a plan leading to a tragic conclusion, worthy only of the ancient Greeks. Show More Show Less

Author(s): Eugene O'Neill
Genre: Drama

Professional reviews

"A strong cast delivers a pared-down version of O'Neill's melodrama with both warts and intensity intact. Orson Bean makes Ephraim Cabot, the old New England farmer with a new young wife, the roaring caricature he is, but a touch of an accent (Scots? Irish?) gives him more dimension. Amy Brenneman portrays his wife, Abbie's, desperation, determination, passion, and crudity, and Paul Adelstein his son, Eben's, wild emotions and limited intelligence. Adelstein and Brenneman play the tragic scene at the heart of the story at full tilt. Occasionally sound effects distract (for example, a swinging screen door). But this solid version allows the power of this American classic to come through. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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