It's impossible to listen to the L.A. Theatre Works production of this play and not envision the 1967 movie starring Dustin Hoffman. And that's not a bad thing, especially when the audio version features the whiskey-voiced Kathleen Turner stepping into the role of the original cougar, Mrs. Robinson. If anyone can make listeners forget Anne Bancroft, it's Turner. With a nod to Hoffman, Matthew Rhys plays Benjamin Braddock, a young college graduate trying to find his way in the world. His path gets complicated when he has an affair with Mrs. Robinson and then falls in love with her daughter, played by Devon Sorvari. The actors make the performance come to life, a play for the theater of the mind.
An American classic adapted for the stage, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson and Matthew Rhys as Benjamin Braddock.
A fresh-faced college grad returns home, diploma in hand, to seek an answer to that age old question: "Now what?" Lacking any clear career path, he falls prey to the original "cougar", the predatory Mrs. Robinson, wife of his father's business partner. But it's Mrs. Robinson's daughter who captures his heart. Includes and interview with the star of The Graduate, screen legend Kathleen Turner.
An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson; Matthew Rhys as Benjamin Braddock; Bruce Davison as Mr. Braddock; John Getz as Mr. Robinson; Jamison Jones as Hotel Clerk and others; Devon Sorvari as Elaine Robinson; Linda Purl as Mrs. Braddock and others. Adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson, based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Directed by John Rubinstein. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in December 2010.
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