Three Tall Women

Three Tall Women

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452274006
  • 128 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


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 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.
Three Tall Women

Three Tall Women

Edward Albee


Pulitzer Prize for Drama – winner


“Stunning … a masterpiece.”

“A truly moving work … an undeniably affecting emotional core and a shimmeringly black sense of humor … essential for anyone interested in the forces that have shaped this influential writer.”
—Ben Brantley, New York Times

“Another great play … a dazzler … a triumphant return to the town that feted and lionized the young playwright three decades ago.”
Wall Street Journal

“A powerful and moving work, his most emotionally affecting play since Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? … A memorable trinity of women … a passionate encounter with mortality.”

“Fine and authentic … Three Tall Women restores, or confirms, Edward Albee as one of America’s leading playwrights.”
New York Observer


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Edward Albee
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