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The Lady from Dubuque
     

The Lady from Dubuque

by Edward Albee
 

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Three young couples are playing Twenty Questions. The drinks have been flowing, so the mood has gone from good to bad in a very short time. As it happens, the hostess, who has the most abrasive tongue of all, is dying of cancer, and the party ends when her pain becomes so intense her husband must carry her to bed. After the stage is empty, a handsome, mysterious woman

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Three young couples are playing Twenty Questions. The drinks have been flowing, so the mood has gone from good to bad in a very short time. As it happens, the hostess, who has the most abrasive tongue of all, is dying of cancer, and the party ends when her pain becomes so intense her husband must carry her to bed. After the stage is empty, a handsome, mysterious woman, accompanied by an equally handsome man, enter the house and settle in for the night. In the morning they are still there to greet the baffled young husband and his ailing wife when they come down for breakfast. Unruffled by the young couples questions, the two must also confront the guests of the previous evening. While claims are accepted that the mysterious woman is the mother of the dying wife, intriguing inconsistencies remain: Is she, in truth, the angel of death? In the end there are no neat answers, but questions raised, and debated, will reverberate in the mind long after the play itself has ended.

Editorial Reviews

NY Daily News
It's a troubling evening, but an individual one by a voice unlike any other on our stage.
NY Post
...it has the hand of a master. It is richly worth seeing...
Time
...every line bears the name of Edward Albee. It is not only fine theater, savagely funny and affecting. But it is also his best work since WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822206286
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Pages:
74

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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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