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Summary

In Sophocles' tragedy, Oedipus discovers that he has been caught in his terrible destiny, unknowingly murdering his father and marrying his mother.

This perfomance features a new translation from the original Greek by director Nicholas Rudall.

Starring (in alphabetical order):

Spencer Garrett as Shepard, Chorus
Francis Guinan as Messenger, Chorus
Gregory Itzin as Creon
Charles Kimbrough as Priest of Zeus, Chorus
Harry J. Lennis as Oedipus
Rod McLachlan as Second Messenger, Chorus
Carolyn Seymour as Jocasta
W. Morgan Sheppard as Teiresias, Chorus
(P)2003 L.A. Theatre Works

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  • Mark
  • 24-11-09

Superb

Extremely atmospheric. The translation is unobstrusive, natural and unforced but still "classic". Close your eyes- you will feel like you are in Athens on a summer night 2500 years ago.

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  • Willie
  • 04-11-10

Excellence.

Excellent drama... perfect audio I would highly recommend this audio book to every one. I truly enjoyed this audio book.

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  • arthur patterson
  • 02-03-15

Excellent performance!

Sophocles is one of the greatest play writes to have ever lived. Oedipus tackles one several important themes in greek literature including: free will, justice, family, friendship. Exceptional translation and pertinence of this wonderful greek play.

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  • bet
  • 23-10-10

perfect teaching tool

I needed to quickly re-read this to help out a college student who works for me (I often use this as an excuse to re-read great works! lol) and this version is wonderful. Great voices and performances, easy to understand - as the work is a play - listening really brings it to life in a way that reading just cannot. BUT - the absolute best part of this production is the incredibly in depth discussion at the end - the discussion covered every question my worker had asked me to clarify and so much more.
I, myself, love a good brit accent - in truth....makes my knees go weak, but I know many Americans can't decipher them - so this is done by American actors - very good ones, so if that is a concern for you - you will enjoy this production.

"Count no may happy 'til he's dead...." Sophocles.

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  • Dom
  • 03-03-16

great story

could care less about the questions they ask at the end but other then that no complaints

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-15

awesome

I was just inspired by everyone's performance, and the story, brought down from the long words.

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  • sam
  • 17-08-14

A Wonderful Performance And Translation

I downloaded this because I needed to listen to Oedipus Rex for a poetry and drama class, and I'm glad I went with this version. When anyone does a version of any of the Greek Tragedies they have to translate from the original Ancient Greek, and thus your milage will vary depending on a number of factors. The director of this performance, as he explained in the interview following the play, which was a very nice touch, states that he chose too make the language modern, but of a more proper sort that still retain the tone of the original Greek.

It's kind of like dubbing anime; you stay as close to the original as possible while making changes when necessary, not to take away from the original, but to make it more relatable to the audience and easier to understand.

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  • E. Voss
  • 03-06-18

Mankind masterpiece presented by excellent cast

The play is an absolute masterpiece about the human experience. Perennial, short, compact and riveting. The cast is excellent and "invisible": the listener will focus on the story rather than idiosyncrasies of actors. The translation is great, as poetic as any work from that era but modern enough to sound natural.

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  • candace
  • 24-02-18

Meh

I struggled to read this but not awful. Just not my type of story telling.

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  • Danielle
  • 30-06-17

Surprising Great!

I had to read Oedipus for a college course and I used this reading along with my course text. This reading is wonderful and I actually enjoyed the story. The readers are gifted!