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The Truth Teller

2.63  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Joyce Carol Oates' hilarious take-off on a classic Southern play begins when liberated Hedda arrives home to visit the family estate, ruled by the family's tyrannical patriarch, "Tiny" Culligan. Tiny doesn't know what to make of Hedda's intellectual boyfriend, Saul. But then, Saul doesn't know what to make of Hedda's sister, the slinky Maggie, who finds Jewish professors v ...more
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Published November 15th 2011 by LA Theatre Works
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Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Witty and lighthearted. Quirky characters illustrate human foibles and shortcomings.
Larry Bassett
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am embarrassed for Joyce Carol Oates. This is the recording of a play that last about an hour and a half. It is slightly funny but mostly hokey.
Vel Veeter
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
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The Truth-Teller:

Joyce Carol Oates is not a playwright. And I mean this, after listening to two of her plays. These are both really really bad. There’s kind of a long history of established writers working in different fields. Find a successful novelist who has written a ton of work and then see if they don’t have their “poetry” phase. It’s usually very bad. There’s plenty of writers who are able to work in multiple media, but I think when someone excels at the hardest or more “traditionally” ar
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oats wrote 40+ novels and only a handful of plays. Maybe the least known is “The Truth Teller” – not serious enough to be called a drama, not slapstickish enough to be called a comedy, it sort of slipped through the cracks. I find it brilliant, and very theatrical, and wish our Thespians payed more attention to it. It is a hilarious parody on romantic sitcoms and family crises dramas, and sharp satire of diametrically opposite sectors of the American society. The characters (names taken from cla ...more
Susan Heim
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I remember listening to stories on the radio late at night and listening to this play reminded me of that so it gets an extra star for nostalgia. The play also reminded me of a cross between All in the Family and Mama's Family - humor via bigotry and stereotypes. I made it through because it was less than two hours - wouldn't have made it much longer than that.
Andi Fabrizio
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give this negative stars, I would. The worst. Not funny despite what I am guessing is an audience there, poor sound effects, bad script, unlikeable characters. But other than that, it was worse than awful. And I have loved so many of her books....
Vi Walker
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A play in the tradition of old-fashioned farce. A highly enjoyable hour and a half
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Had I not known Ms. Oates wrote this I would not have guessed that it was her. A whole lot of prejudice in a little theatre production. Long lost daughter brings home Jewish boyfriend to protestant parents. Boyfriend falls for dumb blonde sister (my image of sister). Brother emerges from closet. A comedy of sorts.
Maria E
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Some stories make you think, other stories leave you thinking, what just happened. The stereotypes in the story were well defined but you could see the ending from the beginning. I just thought Saul would be smart enough to leave the craziness behind instead of getting caught up in it all.
Not something I plan to listen to again or recommend to anyone.
Emily Vislocky
Oct 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Weird, not very funny, and irritating to listen to. Do not recommend.
May 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
It is listening to a play...could not get into it
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Entertaining, reminded me of "All in the Family."
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Wouldn't have believed this was from Joyce Carol Oates' pen...
Christine Holland
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Susie Jacobsen
Funny, quick read
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Pedantic couple visit her conservative parents, her sister, a trice-divorced woman, and her brother, a transsexual.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and Laure ...more