Marriage is the fat on which the modern American theater has feasted for years. Tennessee Williams. William Inge. Eugene ONeill. Neil Simon. Sam Shepard. Sarah Ruhl. Tracy Letts. All playwrights whove cheerfully tucked their socks into their swamp boots and taken a flying leap into the nuptial morass of post-war coupledom.
But few playwrights have applied their scalpel to the the subject of married life with such precision, and with so little anesthetic, as the late Edward Albee. Best known for his gloriously scalding 1962 play, Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a three-hour spousal shouting match studded with a piquant number of burning silences, Seascape is an altogether softer, funnier, more optimistic take on the chances of long-term romance. The play, Albees sixteenth, debuted on Broadway in 1975, and may be the only Pulitzer Prize-winning drama to include two giant talking reptiles, though I cant be certain. In any event, the Allen Community College Theatre Department makes a marvel of this droll four-hander, squeezing from the script the precise quotient of humor and pathos, and excavating from the available material the maximum amount of mesmerizing weirdness.
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