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Albee's numerous roles and achievements are reflected ...
Albee's numerous roles and achievements are reflected in the lively interviews in this collection. These reveal the many sides and responses of one of the most significant dramatists of our age. In them we see the poised and guardedly amiable Albee; the angry Albee; the speculative and philosophical Albee; the historical-critical Albee; and the witty Albee.
Albee talks knowledgeably and frankly about every phase of staging his plays---the many personalities involved in the process and the playwright's prerogatives, which he jealously guards.
These twenty-seven interviews contain a rich sampler of Albee's own scathing wit, his wry humor, and his sometimes biting, sardonic innuendo. His targets are many---the New York theater critics, television, Hollywood and films, complacent America, and lazy audiences.
Albee: I think she's a very nice writer.
Interviewer: No, I mean your play. Why did you move from the sort of surrealism of The Sandbox and The Zoo Story and The American Dream?
Albee: There is no surrealism in The Zoo Story.
Interviewer: It's all realism?
Albee: Uh huh.