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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The American Dream and The Zoo Story based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
The Zoo Story is a two person short play, it was the first that Albee had ever written. It's first performane was in Berlin, it quickly moved to New York and became a success. The play has a funning time of a little under an hour, and is the most powerful and upseting play of that length you will ever see. The two charachters, Peter and Jerry, are opposites. Peter is a well adjusted upper-middle class excecutive. Jerry is a man broken by the world. His entire famially is dead, and he has never really managed to make meaningful contact with another human being. This play tells of the conflict between these two charachters, and, in a larger sense, between two worlds.
Zoo Story is a short one act play based on two characters, Jerry and Peter. So much can be taken from this play if it's analyzed well. There is so much symbolism and relation to society that it's eerie. I would hate to ruin the play for anyone so I won't give my depiction, all I can say is that It's not like the other reviews. So much more can be taken from the play. It's one of my favourties!
With deference to Mr. A for his subsequent well written plays, his first hasn't weather the test of time well. The quest to produce, direct and act in ZOO can only be described as a tribute to Mr. A by the less worldly theater person, those taught by our fine art department "theater" elites and maintain Mr. A is better than sliced bread. The dialouge of ZOO is predicatable, replete with dated images, brief hetro-homosexual references and long excruciating dialogue about a dog. The challenge then is to make something from little while fanatasizing a tribute to Mr. A, almost like building sand castles in the surf with as much reward.
The Zoo Story was Brilliant! Edward Albee gave a metaphore of how society works, in a 20 minute play. Jerry is a 'psychotic maniac', who lives in the slums of New York City. On the way back from the zoo he encounters Peter, a well mannered gentleman. Jerry is a representation of social outcasts. While Peter represents the common house man. They are foiled pairs. These two men have never met before, yet Jerry manages to strike up a conversation. Peter, nervously, goes along with whatever Jerry is talking about. In the end, Jerry kills himself by leeping onto a knife that peter is holding in his hand. Jerry's objective was complete; to make the two very contrasting societies interconnect.
This one-act play,'The Zoo Story'by Edward Albee, is a WONDERFUL play if you analyze well. It carries symbolism throughout it and shows how extremely different the characters, Jerry and Peter,are. Peter, being a family man with a somewhat of a 'perfect' life, meets Jerry, someone who has lost all sense of lfe and it's matters on a park bench. This play goes to show that life is how you make it, and that you are who you are. No one can ever change you or take that away. It is very inspiring.