Three Tall Women by Edward Albee
The Pulitzer Prize-winning THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee is directed by Frederick Ponzlov and features Albuquerque veteran actor Lacey Bingham as A, and regional theatre actors: Laura Norman as B, Tilcara Webb as C and Juan Mendoza Solis as The Young Man.
"...the autobiographical Three Tall Women [BY EDWARD ALBEE] both flays and eulogizes Albees adoptive mother, a socialite whose stony cruelty towards her gay son (and, more often than not, the rest of humanity) is examined investigated, really through the plays intoxicating dialogue and an inspired, peel-away structure.
As the play begins, three women nameless, listed in the credits as A, B & C are gathered in the tastefully appointed, wealth-signaling bedroom where the elderly, addled A is living, meanly and painfully, her final days. B is her 52-year-old caretaker, compassionate and clear-eyed, while C, is the 26-year-old attorney sent to tidy up some of the old womans financial affairs before its too late.At 92 (she insists 91), A recites the long, rambling stories of her life, bitter and funny reflections interrupted only by frequent memory lapses, bathroom emergencies and sudden, vile insults aimed at the living and the dead.
In the small coup de theatre thats lost none of its power since 1994, the plays second act finds the cast transformed, each actress now playing character A at three points of her life. Young A is all hope and shaky confidence, convinced, she insists, that she'll never become the compromising, angry 52-year-old mother or the fatalistic, bed-ridden thing of 92 (or 91). She listens in growing panic as her older selves tell of what's in store: the troubled marriage, the tortures of ill health, friends and family who disappoint and, most painful of all, a son she neither understands, accepts or loves..." ~ excerpted from the DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD REVIEW
Some audiences and critics have called it a comedy, some a tragedy so it all depends on your POV. Many critics have said that this most autobiographical of all Albee's works, surpasses his masterpiece, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?