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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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Overview

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.

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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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.
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.
New Yorker
Beautiful and enduring. THREE TALL WOMEN has earned Albee his third, and most deserved, Pulitzer Prize.
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.)
Jack Helbig
Albee's best plays have always walked a line between heightened realism and dark comedy. Even his most surreal works are populated with characters who wouldn't seem out of place in real life. His 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner runs true to form. It begins as a naturalistic conversation among three women (identified as A, B, and C) from successive generations who meet in a hospital room. Each is undergoing a change from one life phase to another, and each faces her travails and disappointments with lots of Albee's trademark bitter wit. In the second act, however, the three women become representatives of the same person at different ages (26, 52, late 80s), and their bickering talk becomes a touching internal colloquy about life, love, and the inevitability of loss. Not since Beckett's brooding meditation "Krapp's Last Tape" has a playwright dealt so movingly with the subject of disappointment, aging, and death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525939603
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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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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