New Plays: Dead Space

Broadway is so commercially minded, goes one prevailing myth, that it will not permit a playwright the creative right to fail. To judge by its seasonal multimillion-dollar losses, Broadway is about as uncommercial an enterprise as can be imagined, and the right to fail is honored more often than not. Ever since the success of Virginia Woolf in 1962, Edward Albee has exercised this right annually. Tiny Alice, The Ballad of the Sad Café, A Delicate Balance, Malcolm, Everything in the Garden, and now Box and Quotations from Mao Tse-tung represent the alarming deterioration of a formidable talent.

Albee's characters have...

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