Malcolm

Malcolm

by Edward Albee, James Purdy
     
 

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In the words of Stanley Kauffmann, the play, "�which is a fantasy of the corruption of innocence, concerns a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old boy, well-dressed and well-spoken, who�when we meet him�has been sitting daily on a bench in front of a hotel in a nameless American city. He is observed by an elderly astrologer named Cox, who speaks to Malcolm one day and learns

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In the words of Stanley Kauffmann, the play, "�which is a fantasy of the corruption of innocence, concerns a fourteen- or fifteen-year-old boy, well-dressed and well-spoken, who�when we meet him�has been sitting daily on a bench in front of a hotel in a nameless American city. He is observed by an elderly astrologer named Cox, who speaks to Malcolm one day and learns that the boy is waiting for his father, who has disappeared. Cox seizes psychological dominance over him and sends him on a series of visits ostensibly to integrate him with the world but which ultimately destroy him. Malcolm visits a December-May couple (she is a young former prostitute, he is an ancient who claims to be 192), a middle-aged couple (he is ludicrously rich, she is attended by four lovers in white suits), a hip couple (an author and a painter) and a blonde pop singer, who takes the child as her latest husband and kills him with drink and sex. All these characters know one another. They are further linked within the play because two of the principal actors�who play Cox and the prostitute�are also used to play other roles. At the end, all of them gather around Malcolm's deathbed, mourning what they have lost."

Editorial Reviews

NY Daily News
...skillfully told, imaginatively projected...
NY Times
...an exquisite production.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822207191
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1966
Pages:
65
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.15(d)

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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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