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Extended Audio Sample Measure for Measure (Dramatized), by William Shakespeare
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,510 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Shakespeare Narrator: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Blackstone Audio is proud to present the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of Measure for Measure, Shakespeare's compelling tragicomedy that explores restraint - and lack thereof.

Who legislates morality? The duke's authoritarian deputy, Angelo, is hell-bent on stamping out moral decay. He reactivates outdated draconian laws and aims his arrogant crosshairs at a young man whose fiancée is pregnant, sentencing him to death. Angelo is sternly incorruptible - until he meets Isabela, a beautiful religious novice whose desirability arouses him.

Flavored with live music by the mariachi band Las Colibri, this vigorous, modern production of Shakespeare's play reveals what can happen when sex, religion, and politics collide.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robin | 2/18/2014

    " I'd never heard of this play before reading it for my class... and it was a fun (re-)introduction to the world of Shakespeare. Lots of fun, witty and darkly funny at times, and hurray for a happy ending, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Kerwin | 2/11/2014

    " Why is it that I love the universe of this "dark" comedy so much, and why does it strike me as not really being so "dark" after all? Could it be because it is presided over by a "god"--the young Duke--who is priggish, diffident and comically vain (when his reputation is attacked by Lucio), and yet is unfailingly just and honorably susceptible to the attractions of female goodness and beauty? Is it because the "villain"--Angelo--is so pathetic and small that one never seriously expects he will win? Or is it because this world is--in spite of all its lust and hypocrisy--an absurd, surprisingly malleable universe in which a base rogue like Barnadine can simply refuse to be executed, and then be allowed to survive? All of these contributes to my great love for this play, but above all, I admire the character of Isabella, who is virtuous and brave and filled with mercy even for the vile hypocrite who wronged her. She leaves me with the feeling that--grubby and fallen though it may be--this is a world worth living for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynn Wood | 2/6/2014

    " The first three or so acts are a brilliant study of religious and sexual hypocrisy, abuse of power, and religious excess (redundant?). It then takes a turn to comedy, which, while interesting enough, seems irreconcilably implausible, thus causing it to be grouped among the "problem plays." I still strongly recommend, for much of the fun of going to these plays is to see if a director can come up with a novel way to overcome, or at least smooth over, "the problem." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jonathan | 1/30/2014

    " They call this one a "problem play" and I certainly agree. Not a satisfying ending in sight, which is kind of disappointing because I actually cared about the characters. "

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