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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,626 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Osborne Narrator: Steven Brand, Moira Quirk, Simon Templeman, James Warwick, Joanne Whalley Publisher: L.A. Theatre Works Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jimmy Porter barely ekes out a living running a candy stall by day and playing jazz trumpet by night. Although he usually takes his frustrations out on his emotionless wife, Jimmy's scathing tongue and self-loathing seems destined to destroy everything.Set in the UK at the dawn of the 60's social unrest, this savage morality tale spawned the phrase angry young man.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Steven Brand as Cliff; Moira Quirk as Alison; Simon Templeman as Jimmy; James Warwick as Colonel Redhorn; Joanne Whalley as Helena.Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded by L.A. Theatre Works before a live audience at the James Bridges Theater, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in March, 2012. This recording also includes an interview with Dan Rebellato, author of 1956 and All That: The Making of Modern British Drama.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff | 2/11/2014

    " I read this years ago and am now revisiting. I feel the same way then as I do know: I appreciate the historical importance of this play and find much to think about it, but I have a difficult time making an emotional connection. And it is not as if there if there isn't a lot of passion on display; Jimmy, much like Stanley Kowalski, is all id run amok as he lashes out at the collapsing British Empire and its moribund world view that has left without any options for an authentic way of living. Maybe it's just that, as that historical moment had recorded, the characters feel more like positions in an ideological debate than fleshed out folk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " The play was boring to watch but a good one to read. There is a lot of meaning behind Jimmy's words. He's not just some insensitive guy that cheats on his wife. He wants passion and emotion and the "rants" that he goes on can be very meaningful if you study the situation effectively. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Adam | 1/27/2014

    " A fantastic play about post war youth in Midlands, England. Strong characters with interesting dialogue and themes relevant today as they were in 1956. A classic :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by judy | 1/23/2014

    " Over 50 years ago, this had a five star plus rating. Today, not so much. The play is pivotal in British drama. It ripped off the facade of British gentility and exposed the grievances of the working class "Angry Young Men". As intended, it shocked and horrified. Nothing like it had been seen on stage before. The vicious, hate-filled rants of Jimmy, the central character, were contrary to Britain's notion of proper behavior. Today, however, Jimmy would have his own show on Fox News. Don't bother unless the play is going to be on an exam. "

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