The Theater: Primordial Slime

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by EDWARD ALBEE

On the U.S. playwright scene, Edward Albee is the emperor who has no clothes. People tend to forget that Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?* opened on Oct. 13, 1962. That drama is a work of permanence, and the expressions "a Virginia Woolf couple" or a "Virginia Woolf marriage" have drifted into common parlance. In the more than twelve years that have followed, Albee has written seven plays, and all of them put together possess the cumulative magnetic impact of a shelf of dead batteries.

What went wrong? Why are his...

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