Play About the Baby: Trade Edition

Play About the Baby: Trade Edition

by Edward Albee
     
 

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Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama during his long and distinguished career, Edward Albee is one of America’s preeminent playwrights.

The Play About the Baby is an absurdist black comedy, reminiscent of burlesque in its high spirits and banter, that grapples with such issues as reality and the games we play to define it, the ambiguity of existence,

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Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama during his long and distinguished career, Edward Albee is one of America’s preeminent playwrights.

The Play About the Baby is an absurdist black comedy, reminiscent of burlesque in its high spirits and banter, that grapples with such issues as reality and the games we play to define it, the ambiguity of existence, and the agonizing bonds between parents and children. A fresh young couple—Boy and Girl—have a new baby, whom an older couple—Man and Woman—have come to steal. Why? Because, as Man says, “If you don’t have the wound of a broken heart, how can you know you’re alive?” Brutal loss—the loss of a child or childhood self—has been a recurring Albee theme, and Ben Brantley of the New York Times summed up the critical reaction to The Play About the Baby when he called it a “funny, harrowing dramatic fable … as explicit and concise a statement of what Mr. Albee believes as he is ever likely to deliver.”

Editorial Reviews

Variety
A frequently funny and ultimately devastating battle of wills, which is unquestionably the main event of the Off-Broadway season...Albee's play is revealed here to be among his very finest.
Associated Press
At times, BABY is giddily funny, reminiscent of burlesque in its high spirits and banter. Albee has fashioned an absurdist black comedy before ending with a disquieting chill.
NY Daily News
An enriching, provocative work.
NY Times
An invaluable self-portrait of sorts from one of the few genuinely great living American dramatists...BABY rockets into that special corner of theater heaven where words shoot off like fireworks into dazzling patterns and hues.
NY Newsday
An exhilarating, wicked, devastating piece of emotional terrorism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468307535
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
01/06/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
394 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Albee's plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961–62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize, and Tony Award, 1996), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize, also available from Overlook), Three Tall Women (1994, Pulitzer Prize), and The Play About the Baby (2001, also available from Overlook). He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

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