The Play About the Baby

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Overlook Press, Feb 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 94 pages
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Winner of three Pulitzer Prizes for Drama during his long and distinguished career, Edward Albee is one of America's preeminent playwrights. The Play About the Babyis an absurdist black comedy, reminiscent of burlesque in its high spirits and banter, that grapples with such issues as reality and the games we play to define it, the ambiguity of existence, and the agonizing bonds between parents and children. A fresh young couple-Boy and Girl-have a new baby, whom an older couple-Man and Woman-have come to steal. Why? Because, as Man says, "If you don't have the wound of a broken heart, how can you know you're alive?" Brutal loss-the loss of a child or childhood self-has been a recurring Albee theme, and Ben Brantley of the New York Timessummed up the critical reaction to The Play About the Babywhen he called it a "funny, harrowing dramatic fable . . . as explicit and concise a statement of what Mr. Albee believes as he is ever likely to deliver."

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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY. (1997). Edward Albee. ***. This is a strange two-acter from Albee that can best be described as a black comedy. There are only four players: A Man, A Woman, A Young Man, and A ... Read full review

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I see now what they meant when somebody said that if you do not understand it the first time, you never shall. Read full review


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Edward Albee's 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), Three Tall Women (1994, Pulitzer Prize), and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2001-2002, Tony Award, forthcoming 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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