Theater: Tiny Albee

Malcolm. The quest for a father, the spectral son, the possessive bitch-mother, the world as supreme castrater —these are themes, roles and patterns that have obsessed Edward Albee from the days of The Sandbox and The American Dream to Virginia Woolf and Tiny Alice. In this adaptation of James Purdy's novel Malcolm, he finds all his own vintage wines in another man's cellar. The trouble is that these wine bottles are now empty, and the wind whistles over them all evening with a low, monotonous, deadly moan.

Malcolm (Matthew Cowles) is a 15-year-old who...