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Playwright Edward Albee has little regard for Broadway

January 25, 2013|By Kelly Scott
  • Edward Albee has a harsh assessment of contemporary Broadway in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.
Edward Albee has a harsh assessment of contemporary Broadway in an interview… (Jennifer Altman/For the…)

He may have written one of the most critically praised revivals on Broadway this season, but the playwright Edward Albee sees the theatrical thoroughfare without a lot of romance or regard.

In a segment of the show "CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood" that will be broadcast Sunday, Albee says he doesn't go see shows there very often.

“I used to go see more since I’m one of the voters for the stuff,” Albee says of his role as a Tony Award voter. “Now I just lie.”

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“It’s all about not doing the best plays but doing the ones that will sell the most tickets,” says Albee, the author of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” among 30 other plays. The result, he says, is “usually junk.”

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, opened in October to admiring reviews.

The Times' Charles McNulty said in a critic's notebook largely on Letts' performance as George, called the revival "less blowzy, less scenery-chomping Martha ... grounded in convincing marital detail. Directed by Pam MacKinnon (whose staging of "Clybourne Park" contributed to that play's success), this revival offers an intimate appraisal of a couple whose affection is detectable even when their belligerence threatens to go nuclear."

Albee, who has won the Pulitzer Prizes for drama three times, also talks about his childhood and a new work in the interview that will air on the show, which begins at 6 a.m. PST.


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