Seascape

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On a deserted stretch of beach a middle-aged couple, relaxing after a picnic lunch, talk idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, he naps, and then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures—lizards who have decided to leave the ocean depths and come ashore. Initial fear, and then suspicion of each other, are soon replaced by curiosity and, before long, the humans and the lizards (who speak admirable English) are engaged in a fascinating dialogue. The lizards, who are at a very advanced...
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Overview

On a deserted stretch of beach a middle-aged couple, relaxing after a picnic lunch, talk idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, he naps, and then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures—lizards who have decided to leave the ocean depths and come ashore. Initial fear, and then suspicion of each other, are soon replaced by curiosity and, before long, the humans and the lizards (who speak admirable English) are engaged in a fascinating dialogue. The lizards, who are at a very advanced stage of evolution, are contemplating the terrifying, yet exciting, possibility of embarking on life out of the water; and the couple, for whom existence has grown flat and routine, holds the answers to their most urgent questions. These answers are given with warmth, humor and poetic eloquence, and with emotional and intellectual reverberations that will linger in the heart and mind long after the play has ended.
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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Of all Mr. Albee's plays, SEASCAPE is the most exquisitely written.
NY Newsday
Not only does this brilliantly original play stimulate you, it also entertains you.
NY Times
Hats off, and up in the air! A major dramatic event.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822210047
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1975
  • Sales rank: 903,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    Albee's forgotten masterpiece.

    What a shame that this, Edward Albee's FIRST Pulitzer Prize winner, has fallen into obscurity. It is no Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but it at least deserves the same revamping that A Delicate Balance got. In fact, I think this is a better play. It adresses very interesting questions about human development and evolution without being heavy or boring. This review may go unread for who knows how long, but at least I made a contribution to the next bibliophile who happens to stumble across this sadly ignored work of genius.

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