Death and the Maiden

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (1.40 hours)
Product Number: Z10006815
Released: Jul 01, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781580816298
Narrator/s: John Mahoney
Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works
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Ariel Dorfman's explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and he is picked up by the humane doctor Roberto Miranda. But in the voice of this good Samaritan, Gerardo's wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another man-the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before. Show More Show Less

Author(s): Ariel Dorfman
Genre: Drama

Professional reviews

"Dorfman's play gives us a woman who recognizes, in a chance acquaintance of her husband, a man who tortured her during a fascist period in her country's past, and she takes the opportunity to seek justice. The acting is basically strong, though John Kapelos's performance is a bit stagy. But the play itself doesn't transition well to audio. Crucial actions take place without speech, and we don't know, at once, who has done what to whom, as a viewing audience would. The ending, which is ambiguous in any case, is here enigmatically so. The play has some powerful moments and much to say about issues of power, revenge, and justice, but the simple inability to see it leaves this program unsatisfying. W.M. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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