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Вы услышите разговор двух друзей Клэр и Винсента, которые только что посмотрели пьесу. Выберите правильный ответ на нижеследующие вопросы. Вы услышите запись дважды.
1) What did Claire like about the play?
1. the conversation
2. the set and costumes
3. the plot
2) Vincent thinks the plot is…
3. well developed
3) What was Claire surprised by?
1. how the play ended
2. how good the lead actress was
3. how slow-paced the story was
4) What type of play did they see?
1. an old classic
2. a comedy
3. a tragedy
1) – 2
2) – 2
3) – 1
4) – 3
Claire: Oh. I’m glad that’s over. It honestly wasn’t my kind of thing. All that melodrama and boring dining table conversation.
Vincent: Really? You must have completely different taste from me. It had me on the edge of my seat.
Claire: Look, the set and costumes were amazing, I’ll give you that. It really transported you back into the 19th century. But the plot was awfully predictable.
Vincent: Oh come on! The story had some very unexpected twists and turns. I thought the lead actress… What’s her name – Vera Styles, is very talented, too. You could see she had really immersed herself in the part and her character was well developed. I think the director did a fine job.
Claire: You’re right about the lead actress: she played her part very well. But that’s about all you can say. The story was just so slow-paced. It was enough to make you fall asleep at some parts.
Vincent: Well, I’d have to disagree with you. And I thought the ending was a great surprise, when the real murderer was revealed.
Claire: Yes, I suppose that was a bit of a surprise ….
Vincent: Besides, it was also about the characters and what they felt. A play wasn’t just about the story, you know…
Claire: That’s just the point. I found it much too sentimental and corny. When I go to the theatre I want to have a good laugh. Perhaps I just don’t get these tragedies.
Vincent: Well, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it. Next time let’s try a comedy.
Claire: Yeah, you know we both get on better with those!
Vincent: Ok, The 39 Steps is playing at the Windmill Theatre next month; it’s a comedy version of the old classic. Do you fancy going?
Claire: Definitely! That would be great. I always like remakes, and if it’s comedy, even better!
Vincent: Right. I’ll book tickets, then.