The pitfall of asides in radio drama

Oh, car stereo, why do you hate me?

I’ve been listening to a dramatization of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline on CD in the car in an attempt to stay alert. It is already distracting to sort out which character is weeping/yelling/cajoling on the CD in which scene while I weave in and out of traffic on the highway.

the asides are impossible. Yes, they’re dramatic, but each character sounds less like he or she’s telling me secrets and more like they have split personalities that they make whisper. “Oh, fair sir, I greet thee! mutter mutter mutter mutter. I suppose the vibrations of the tires on highway pavement drown out the sound.

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