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May 14, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Playwright Edward Albee is directing the world premiere of his new work "Marriage Play" this weekend at Vienna's English Theatre. Albee told a news conference Wednesday that the new work, which stars Kathleen Butler and Tom Klunis as a pair of warring spouses, reflects his disenchantment with the institution of marriage. "Marriage is both hopeless and should probably continue," Albee said. Vienna's English Theatre has earned a high reputation in the English-speaking world since Franz Schafranek founded it in 1963 as a vehicle for his American actress-wife Ruth Brinkmann. Tennessee Williams premiered "The Red Devil Battery Sign" there in 1976, while its most recent production was of two one-act works by English playwright Harold Pinter, with the author directing a cast of well-known British actors.

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