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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
     

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

by Edward Albee, Carson McCullers, Carson McCullers (Based on a book by)
 

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Amelia, the proprietor of the Sad Cafe, throws her new husband out of their bedroom on their wedding night. Torn between anger and desire the husband finally leaves town only to return some years later to find Amelia showering all her affection on a dwarf cousin who has come to live with her. At their first meeting the dwarf is hopelessly attracted to the husband. In

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Amelia, the proprietor of the Sad Cafe, throws her new husband out of their bedroom on their wedding night. Torn between anger and desire the husband finally leaves town only to return some years later to find Amelia showering all her affection on a dwarf cousin who has come to live with her. At their first meeting the dwarf is hopelessly attracted to the husband. In turn, the husband moves back into the Sad Cafe, threatening to run away with the dwarf if Amelia objects. The day of reckoning soon arrives and the husband and wife meet to settle their differences with their bare hands.

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NY Daily News
It is beautiful, absorbing, exciting, touching and absolutely enthralling�a notable addition to the literature of our contemporary stage.
NY Journal-American
It is an engrossing evening, a salutary success for all concerned.
Women's Wear Daily
It is both beautiful and grotesque, a small masterpiece exquisitely written in a mysterious and strange style.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822200925
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1963
Edition description:
Adaptation
Pages:
79

Meet the Author

American dramatist Edward Albee was born in 1928. Three of his plays— A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women— received Pulitzer Prizes, and his most famous, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, was adapted to a movie directed by Mike Nichols and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. His other plays include The Zoo Story, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Sandbox, The American Dream, Tiny Alice, All Over, Listening, The Lady from Dubuque, The Man Who Had Three Arms, Finding the Sun, Fragments, Marriage Play, The Lorca Play and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? He died in 2016.

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