Albee Is Back

After years of literary exile, an autobiographical stunner

He never really went away -- he just turned to places like Houston and Cincinnati, where his name still conjured respect rather than condescension toward the no longer voguish -- but Edward Albee has labored without the New York limelight for nearly two decades. If there is justice, that will end this week, when his stunning Three Tall Women opens off-Broadway. Out of the simplest and most familiar material -- a woman of 90-plus years coping with the infirmities and confusions of the moment and looking back on a life of gothic excess -- Albee fashions a spellbinder. Just when he...

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