eAudio - unabridged
Audio (1.70 hours)
Product Number: Z10006721
Released: Jun 02, 2001
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781580814850
Narrator/s: Charlayne Woodard
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
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This autobiographical drama focuses around the life of Charlayne Woodard's aunt Beneatha, known as Neat. As an infant, Neat was accidentally fed camphor oil by her illiterate great-grandmother, who was unable to read the bottle's label. When the poisoning was discovered, Neat was rushed to the nearest emergency room only to be refused treatment. By the time her mother got her to the black hospital, Neat was permanently brain-damaged. Woodard paints the story of her relationship with her childlike aunt, from her excitement of having a "grown-up" playmate to her embarrassment at some of Neat's simple ways. Alternating between Savannah, Georgia, and Albany, New York, Woodard's story shares moving and, at times, painful memories.

Author(s): Charlayne Woodard
Genre: Drama

Professional reviews

"Charlayne Woodard's full-length stage monologue of her youthful impressions of her retarded aunt Beneatha, who seems to have perished young when she tried to fly off a precipice, begins at an amazing pitch of energy, which she more amazingly sustains throughout. She enthralls the listener--as writer and performer--with consummate theatricality, expertly orchestrating tensions, rhythms, humor, and pathos. She manages to make experiences peculiar to middle-class African-American Baby Boomers seem familiar to Americans of other backgrounds. LATW's producer/engineer Raymond Guama again gives us impeccable tracks. The overall excellence of this production almost completely obscures its flaws: a manipulative, sentimental script and a performance that almost tries too hard, as if Woodard were auditioning for an important movie role, rather than diverting a paying audience. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"

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