The Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee (Cambridge by Stephen Bottoms

By Stephen Bottoms

Edward Albee, probably most sensible identified for his acclaimed and notorious Sixties drama who is frightened of Virginia Woolf?, is one in every of America's maximum dwelling playwrights. Now in his seventies, he's nonetheless writing tough, award-winning dramas. The essays during this assortment offer a entire, multi-faceted survey of Albee's profession. Written in an enticing and obtainable means, this booklet may still allure both to scholars, students, and normal readers.

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19 Although usually glossed over as a slight “play in one scene,” FAM continues Albee’s quarrel with the establishment, extending it to Broadway playhouses and producers. FAM and YAM, like The Zoo Story, sets up polar opposites but, unlike The Zoo Story, has no intention to reconcile them. The young, 24 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 Albee’s early one-act plays aggressive, and recently produced dramatist YAM contrasts with the smug, paunchy, and sherry-swilling FAM in whose exclusive apartment the conversation/interview takes place.

Another sexually charged word, a “governor” controls a state as well as how fast a car runs, but Daddy’s incomplete sexuality ironically disqualifies him for political or home rule. Meanwhile, if Daddy is feminized, Mommy has neither feminine nurturing nor sexual desire but instead adopts a cruel, paternalistic air with Daddy. In her caustic barbs, 29 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 p h i l i p c . ko l i n Mommy is a likely precursor of the witch/earthmother roles that George accuses Martha of playing in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

NOTES 1. Quoted in Mel Gussow, Edward Albee: A Singular Journey (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999), p. 385. 14 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 Introduction: The man who had three lives 2. ,” in American Playwrights on Drama, ed. Horst Frenz (New York: Hill and Wang, 1965), pp. 172–173. 3. Quoted Gussow, Edward Albee, p. 226. 4. , p. 265. 5. Michael Smith, “Theatre Journal,” Village Voice, September 29, 1966, p. 22. 6. Gussow, Edward Albee, p. 327. 7. Cited on the back cover of the acting edition of Albee’s The Play About the Baby (New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2002).

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