Three Tall Women

Three Tall Women

Edward Albee / Dec 14, 2019
Three Tall Women Earning a Pulitzer and three Best Play awards for 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 tw
  • Title: Three Tall Women
  • Author: Edward Albee
  • ISBN: 9780452274006
  • Page: 337
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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 chargeEarning 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.
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      • Edward Albee

        Edward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works including Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , The Zoo Story, The Sandbox and The American Dream His works are considered well crafted and often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition His early works reflected a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eug ne Ionesco Younger American playwrights, such as Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, credit Albee s daring mix of theatricalism and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post war American theatre in the early 1960s Albee s dedication to continuing to evolve his voice as evidenced in later productions such as The Goat or Who is Sylvia 2000 also routinely marks him as distinct from other American playwrights of his era.Albee himself described his work as an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy keen.

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    1. Book Review I enjoyed this play, but it was not my favorite in Albee s collections This one show conflicts that people face on a daily basis in today s society It crosses reality and slices of life with a bitter or biting sense of accuracy Are the 3 women truly the same person or do they just show characteristics of a woman at different stages in her life The play deals with a multitude of situations people face as they age It s meant to push readers or viewers into thinking beyond their immedia [...]


    2. Albee s obnoxious Mum died in 1989 and a few years laterhe wrote this impressive play about death and the changesthat occur in one s life In the 60s, after the huge successof Virginia Woolf, he endured personal attacks from dumb oxcritics like Stanley Kauffmann and Robert Brustein Philip Roth put in his censorious 2 cents Suffering quietly,Albee made some dramatic missteps By the 90s the world hadchanged and fresh critical blood was around Freed from allthe fools, Albee came up with, probably, h [...]


    3. a Not friendly She was smarter than me no brighter, two years younger.c Smiles Or five, or seven.a What c Nothing.a She always got better grades, had beaux when we were growing up Only then she missed boats than you can shake a stick at.c examining her nails I ve never shook a stick at a boat.b dry Well, maybe you should give it a try Shaken not shook This is one from the slow dawning revelation school of modern drama Where the interaction and plot that evolves on the stage slowly becomes subt [...]


    4. Three Tall Women is about Albee s mother, her experiences, his relationship with her, and her struggles to make sense of and come to terms with the decisions she made throughout her The play has two acts Act 1 consists of a long conversation between a 90 year old woman, her caretaker nurse, and a lawyer representing her estate Act 2 gives us three versions of the same woman one 26 years old, one 56 years old, and other in her 90s all discussing their shared life It is never stated directly that [...]


    5. I saw the original production of this big comeback play of Albee s What strikes me the most about the play is the psychological spectacle of it Like the scene in Amadeus when Salieri marvels at Don Giovanni the spectacle of Mozart resurrecting his dead father as the Commendatore to rise from the grave and accuse his son, etc etc , Albee raises his legendarily hateful mother from the grave and does something unnerving and beautiful he sets her up naked and exposed for judgment, finds her guilty , [...]


    6. I read this a long time ago but I remembered it just now and I had to include it.I remember being oddly, overwhelmingly moved by it, I can still feel the salty sting of tears beginning in my eyes as I think about it I was, like, in its spell for a few hours afterward I couldn t look at people, I couldn t work, I just stared mournfully into space I can t even remember what it was about, really, or even who wrote it the title I remembered but I do remember something about the last wordse last word [...]


    7. It s never easy to write a show with four characters with three being the same person Edward Albee did so After crafting such memorable shows as Who s Afraid of Virginia Wolf and Seascape he added the extraordinary Three Tall Women to his catalog It provided the perfect vehicle for the playwright to exhibit the range of his genius In addition to the creativity involved in the concept, he crafted a moving meditation on the physical and psychological effects of the aging process The play contained [...]





    8. Edward Albee s Three Tall Woman is a unique and vougish two act drama that is unlike anything that has been put on stage before, essentially because of the permutation that follows after act one, where the three previous female characters from the first act later shift in act two to three selves of the same person, representing three different stages of life that one of the characters lived The character in question who is scrutinized is known only as A , a conservative patrician lady in her nin [...]


    9. This is the fourth of Albee s plays that I have encountered I saw and loved Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , saw and read The Zoo Story , and read another piece that was published with it Three Tall Women was a Pulitzer Prize winner, and it is a fine work with some powerful emotions bubbling and churning throughout I can imagine it might be a little tricky to stage, because the ratio of talk to action is quite high, and the operative mood is reminiscence.The story concerns a woman s life as told [...]


    10. Summary Three actresses play a character not named at different points in her life around late 80s, 52 and 26 The actress playing the 26 year old version is often dismissive of the advice given by older versions of herself As such, they are both hyper critical towards this young version of themselves The oldest incarnation of this character is literally on her deathbed during the second act and repeatedly speaks in vague terms about an estranged son possibly coming to visit her He does eventuall [...]


    11. THREE TALL WOMEN 1991 Edward Albee This won another Pulitzer Prize for Albee, his third There are four characters actually, there are only two, and one doesn t have any lines Three of the characters are women they are labeled A , B , and C The fourth role is that of a boy, about twenty three years old A is an old woman, about ninety one or two years old B is a woman of about fifty two years She looks a lot like A would look at 52 Finally, C is a younger woman who looks a lot like B would look i [...]


    12. After reading several of Mr Albee s plays, I had accepted that I wasn t a fan of his work.And then Three Tall Women proved me wrong.In a way, Three Tall Women is a sequel of sorts to Albee s All Over, which also looks at mortality and the end of life All Over was my previous favorite of Albee s plays as in, I was lukewarm leaning towards liking it but Three Tall Women runs laps around All Over The former delves deeper, hits stronger emotions, and displays an authenticity and complexity I had pre [...]


    13. Edward Albee s life is sometimes interesting to me than his plays Most of us know he was adopted by wealthy parents who were not very nice Instead of being thrilled that their son turned out to be a world famous, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, they rejected him for being gay and eventually threw him out of the house After his father died, Albee tried to reconcile with his mother, and thought he had succeeded, taking care of her late in life After she died, though, this very wealthy woman le [...]


    14. I had heard bad reports about this one.I understood why when I went to the theatre.Edward Albee was again rubbing our noses in the Uncomfortable.Happily I relish that and I ve always been absorbed by Death, probably because my Dad died 2 weeks before he was to turn 43 and I was a week off 15.The three women are One And we see her whole life.Sometimes her Three Selves come on stage and chat together expressing their fears and hopes to each other and giving each other warnings and advice.Then it w [...]


    15. A robust butterfly After seeing Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf I never expected Edward Albee to write something to surpass that That s probably why Three Tall Women took my by surpise when I first read it I am not going to spoil the experience for you by telling you too much about the story itself All I want to say here is that I truly enjoyed the conversations between the three women, their lives stories, their secrets and the way they interact with each other Because they re women of different [...]


    16. Maybe this would have blown my mind had I seen it performed and without any idea as to what the Great Big Catch was As it was, I read this as a background study, really the assignment was to create something similar ahem, replicate the Great Big Catch which okay, isn t really that loud of a twist, and the savvy audience will likely start to realize what is going on here in twenty, twenty five minutes into the performance So, no analysis or deep reading of this one just some extra voluntary resea [...]


    17. With his two act play, Albee weaves the voices of his mother in three single letter named characters and portrays his young adult self as a nonspeaking character entitled Boy Admittedly autobiographical, Albee does a superb job of breaking down his mother s life First, he reveals the aging body, then the selective memory, and lastly the reflection of the entire life before the day finally comes for it all to end Albee s mother lived to be 92 or 91, if you listen to A In reality, she was a cold, [...]


    18. Sometimes I wonder how differently I d feel if I saw the play live Starting off as three separate characters and then morphing into different aspects of the same women this brings up lots of different issues about dying and what s important and the passage of time, what we remember, etc I just didn t always feel like the characters sounded like women Albee is a gifted writer no doubt about that and there is a lot of thoughtful insight about life put into the play but I didn t always feel like re [...]


    19. I m a huge Albee fan and this isn t his best, but still excellent Interesting, sad, poignant look at aging and the changes we go through as we move toward death Some wonderful dialogue I was confused by the twist in the play, if you can call it that slight spoiler alert Wasn t sure if the characters in act one are the supposed to be the same people in act two Obviously the character A is the same But the characters B and C, not sure Perhaps it would have been clear if I had seen the production [...]


    20. This beautifully crafted play takes on the on again, memory, and the malleability of the concept of the self The play merge Albee s vintage ear for sharp dialogue and experimental theater While the dialogue is biting, the trademark anger is replaces by a sadness and longing As if the mood of the last scenes of Who s Afraid of Virginia Wolf pervade the entire the entire play The first Act sets the old women with her caretaker and unidentified younger women reminiscing about old women s past The s [...]


    21. After reading a few of his plays, I believe I can safely say Edward Albee was a highly creative playwright, Three Tall Women is no exception Three unknowingly similar women, all at very different ages and stages within their lives, are gathered in the home of the oldest and dying woman The first act remains grounded in reality besides some subtleties, and the second act verges on the supernatural or cosmically linked.Can t help but thinking that this could have been easily and splendidly adapted [...]


    22. I liked this play a lot, but only because the way that the three characters of the play then become aspects of the same person I love how C says that she will never become A and B, while A and B simply roll their eyes at the foolishness they once possessed for thinking they d never change It s interesting to see the same person, but at three different ages, reflect on the same circumstances, but this play also annoyed me because of the uncomfortable sexual descriptions Sure, mentioning these sce [...]


    23. Damn, Albee knows how to write a play The simplicity of structure and the straight forward banter of his characters make this emotionally complex play a must read for anyone interested in modern theatre One need only look to Albee to see the standard by which all contemporary work must be measured His prose are pointed and unmitigatedly nuanced Albee uses a light touch surrealism that brings his subject matter in this case, the human life cycle into blinding focus Next to Virginia Woolf, this ha [...]


    24. It s an interesting juxtaposition of the three selves confronting one another and conversing It will cause a lot of introspection, but don t read this if you re not feeling good about where you are in your own life Particularly for women, I think this serves to peel back the layers and expose some raw truth of common experiences many of us go through, in a way that is a bit uncomfortable to read and to face.


    25. I found it really interesting that Albee based A off of his mother in the first act, and A, B, and C off of her in the second I love when authors steal from life, and I love it when they admit to it Taking that into account, I thought this was a realistic portrayel of the different stages of life I also love Albee s style of writing, as always it s so clever, intelligent, and has a bit of a bite to it If you are looking for an easier read in Albee s collection, this is it.


    26. A tight little play with only 4 characters, one of which is barely visible Major characters are 3 women one young, one middle aged and one old Now you see 3 characters in the varying stages of life, but only one life is really being portrayed As you advance through this play you understand that the story of the three is really an amalgamation of only one woman Very well orchestrated and tightly woven enjoyable read.


    27. I have no words Absolutely fantastic Really weird, and a bit difficult to keep track of at first, I kept confusing A, B, and C , but in the end it was absolutely incredible Highly recommended to absolutely everyone Please read this incredible play Another Albee masterpiece, and considerably less disturbing than The Goat, but just as good I loved this, and I was tearing up at the end, which was really embarrassing because I was at dance rehearsal Oh well.


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