Three Tall Women

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Earning a Pulitzer and three Best Play awards for 1994, Edward Albee has, in Three Tall Women, created a masterwork of modern theater. As an imperious, acerbic old woman lies dying, she is tended by two other women and visited by a young man. Albee's frank dialogue about everything from incontinence to infidelity portrays aging without sentimentality. His scenes are charged with wit, pain, and laughter, and his observations tell us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and our own fates. But it is his probing ...

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Overview

Earning a Pulitzer and three Best Play awards for 1994, Edward Albee has, in Three Tall Women, created a masterwork of modern theater. As an imperious, acerbic old woman lies dying, she is tended by two other women and visited by a young man. Albee's frank dialogue about everything from incontinence to infidelity portrays aging without sentimentality. His scenes are charged with wit, pain, and laughter, and his observations tell us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and our own fates. But it is his probing portrait of the three women that reveals Albee's genius. Separate characters on stage in the first act, yet actually the same "everywoman" at different ages in the second act, these "tall women" lay bare the truths of our lives—how we live, how we love, what we settle for, and how we die. Edward Albee has given theatergoers, critics, and students of drama reason to rejoice.

Winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for best play, as well as a number of other prestigious awards, Three Tall Woman has been called Albee's finest achievement. In his triumphant return to the New York and London stages, Albee demonstrates insight and vision with a moving look at mortality. "Stunning . . . nuanced and breathtaking."--Time.

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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
Beautiful and enduring. THREE TALL WOMEN has earned Albee his third, and most deserved, Pulitzer Prize.
NY Post
An extraordinarily brilliant new play. THREE TALL WOMEN is the best, most forceful play [Albee] has given us...To be truthful about death is admirable, but to be elegant at the same time is almost Mozartian.
NY Times
One of America's finest playwrights. Edward Albee offers a new play so good it can only exist on the stage. A perfect illustration of why theater is an indispensable art.
Wall Street Journal
A Dazzler...Worthy of mention in the same breath as and THREE TALL WOMEN blazes as bright as a midsummer day. Electrifying and heartrending, each of Albee's women is memorable...
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Albee's drama of an old woman coming to grips with her life and approaching death earned him his third Pulitzer. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452274006
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Drama, Plume Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 425,293
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Albee, the American dramatist, was born in 1928. He has written and directed some of the best plays in contemporary American theatre and three of his plays: A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women have received Pulitzer Prizes. His most famous play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. 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 and The Lorca Play.

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