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Marriage Play
     

Marriage Play

by Edward Albee
 
Jack comes home from a middling day at the office to quickly announce to his wife, Gillian, that he is leaving her. Suspecting for some time a midlife crisis, Gillian goads Jack about this announcement, forcing him to try it again�going outside and coming in again�twice! Jack wants his wife, whom he still loves, to really understand his fears and the reasons he must

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Jack comes home from a middling day at the office to quickly announce to his wife, Gillian, that he is leaving her. Suspecting for some time a midlife crisis, Gillian goads Jack about this announcement, forcing him to try it again�going outside and coming in again�twice! Jack wants his wife, whom he still loves, to really understand his fears and the reasons he must leave her. His days seem unknown to him; his secretary of fifteen years is a total stranger; his sex is by rote. Gillian understands but feels the investment of a thirty-year marriage is worth holding on to because so much is in place, and quite frankly, they've been through these changes before: affairs, neglect, sections of time forgotten. Jack accuses Gillian of not listening, an accusation she easily returns, and when Jack then does start to leave, Gillian blocks him and a small battle ensues. Retreating to their corners, both recount memorable points in their marriage and lives, and discovering that through it all, nothing is really enough. As the lights fade, they prepare for a departure but don't make a move.

Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
...it's disturbing, funny, violent, and not in the least sentimental.
NY Post
Albee's writing, as ever, proves taut, effective and often slyly yet corrosively funny.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822214229
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Sales rank:
918,227
Product dimensions:
55.00(w) x 80.00(h) x 2.50(d)

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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