The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?

by Edward Albee

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Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee’s most provocative, daring, and controversial play since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Goat won every major award for best new play of the year: the Tony, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In the play, Martin—a hugely successful architect who has just turned fifty—leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he confides to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters.The playwright himself describes it this way: “Every civilization sets quite arbitrary limits to its tolerances. The play is about a family that is deeply rocked by an unimaginable event and how they solve that problem. It is my hope that people will think afresh about whether or not all the values they hold are valid."

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ISBN-13: 9781468307528
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 12/28/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 110
Sales rank: 703,250
File size: 231 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Albee (1928-2016), his plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961–62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize, and Tony Award, 1996), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize, also available from Overlook), Three Tall Women (1994, Pulitzer Prize), and The Play About the Baby (2001, also available from Overlook). He was awarded the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in 1980, and in 1996 he received both the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts.

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Michael Feingold

Most likely to be talked about seriously—angrily, ferociously—for years to come.

Clive Barnes

Unquestionably one of the wittiest and funniest plays Albee has ever written...enthralling.

Margo Jefferson

Leaves you with plenty to feel and think about...a tragedy with built-in laughs and elements of fantasy...a brave, questioning play.

Ben Brantley

The Goat is about a profoundly unsettling subject, which for the record is not bestiality but the irrational, confounding, and even convention-thwarting nature of love. The form this force takes in The Goat is beyond a joke...Powerful...extraordinary...Four decades after Virginia Woolf sent shockwaves through the mainstream theatre, Mr. Albee still asks questions that no other major American dramatist dares to ask.

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The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia : Notes Toward A Definition Of Tragedy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TakeItOrLeaveIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of those plays that makes you feel not so all alone. way out there story about a successful dude who's mid-life crisis is falling in love with a goat. that's right, the animal. a surreal story tries to be a modern day Shakespeare type drama/tragedy funny bits overall kind of a toss away. in 20 years it may be important.
Clockhart More than 1 year ago
Edward Albee has always masterfully created scenes that not only capture the audience and bring them into the story, but showcase every possible emotion the actors performing the show can muster. "The Goat" presents the controversial topic of bestiality in an intensely sentimental way that amplifies the hostile level of discomfort already rampant in the family. With betrayal, fatherhood, affairs, homosexuality, ageism, incest, and fierce bouts of swearing "The Goat" is an absolute emotional thrill and should be read by every actor (or anyone who appreciates fabulous modern literature). The Tony award doesn't lie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From Edwards Albee, one of the most lauded contemporary playwrights who conceived such other fantastically unique works as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Zoo Story and The Play About the Baby, comes quite possibly his most intriguing piece to date. Martin by most standards is a success. Tops in his field; approached to architect the city of the future. Full family life with a functioning loving wife and son 'Billy'. But on his birthday, something comes out. He's in love with Sylvia. And oh... Sylvia is a goat. When his friend and family find this out their process transcends their situation and lays a groundwork on which taboos can not be shrugged off as sinfully obscene practices not to be talked about. Some, uncomfortable with the seriousness of the topic may call it a black comedy, and to be sure, there are plenty of witty comments made. But it is the heart of this play, the way this man comes to love this goat, and the tragic goat song composed masterfully by Albee that will leave you ready to accept anything, and very pleased to have met Martin and Sylvia.