December 9, 1996 |
President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton led an audience of celebrities from the worlds of politics and entertainment on Sunday to congratulate this year's winners of one of the nation's highest tributes for performing artists. A crowd of about 300 applauded playwright Edward Albee, jazz composer and instrumentalist Benny Carter, country music star Johnny Cash, actor Jack Lemmon and ballerina Maria Tallchief as the recipients of the 19th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
May 26, 1996 |
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. --Dylan Thomas, 1952 **** The Welsh bard went out, raging, at the age of 39. But he would surely have appreciated those venerable, fiery spirits, John Barth and Edward Albee, who demonstrated their formidable creative sparks in the final two sessions of the 1995-96 Contemporary Authors Series at the Huntington Library, San Marino.
May 15, 1996
One of the nation's leading dramatists, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee, will present "The Playwright vs. the Theater," a lecture on the state of American theater, at the Huntington Library in Friends' Hall tonight at 7:30. A reception will follow the lecture at the facility at 1151 Oxford Road in San Marino. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. Information: (800) 200-5566 or (818) 405-2136.
January 12, 1996 |
With "Three Tall Women," a play first produced in Vienna in 1991, Edward Albee strides into the mature stage of an erratic career. And how better to show off accumulated wisdom and style than by focusing on the two big Ms--Mortality and Mother. It seems fair to speculate that Albee, now 67, has reached a point at which he can begin to understand the adoptive mother from whom he was estranged for most of his adult life.
January 7, 1996 |
Paloma, a pint-size Boston bull terrier with the persona of a Mafia hit man, is in ferocious and noisy pursuit of a plastic bottle cap that has lodged beneath the sofa in Michael Learned's living room. The itty-bitty dog barks and cries plaintively until the actress, who is trying to give an interview, can no longer ignore her pleas. She moves the coffee table out of the way, gets down on her hands and knees and peers beneath the couch.
April 12, 1995 |
Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Three Tall Women" and David and Ain Gordon's "The Family Business" will take two of the first three slots on the Mark Taper Forum's 1995-96 season, joining the previously reported "Slavs!" The choices were announced in a renewal brochure recently mailed to Taper subscribers, along with a list of six plays from which the season's remaining three productions will be chosen. Tony Kushner's "Slavs!
April 21, 1994 |
The last time Edward Albee won the Pulitzer Prize--in 1975 for "Seascape"--the late producer Richard Barr joked, "We were burning the sets of the play when we heard the news." That's what producers do when a show closes. The drama had failed on Broadway, playing only 65 performances. On April 11, when news of his third Pulitzer Prize, this time for the drama "Three Tall Women," reached the playwright, he was in Texas, where he is playwright-in-residence at the University of Houston.
April 14, 1994 |
If there is a statute of limitations on dramatic exile--a time to stop measuring Edward Albee against the man who wrote "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" 32 years ago--this must be it. "Three Tall Women," which opened in an unflinching production at the intimate Vineyard Theater, is a devastating look at a certain kind of woman's life to the end. As uncompromising as the intellectual terrorism of his earliest successes, this new one--with the splendid Myra Carter as emotional centerpiece--should be irresistible to audiences with a weakness for smart old women, to those of us who cannot see a shriveling female form without yearning to know the stories disappearing with her. At first, the territory seems to be Albee-allegory country.
April 13, 1994 |
Edward Albee, who made an acclaimed return to the New York stage this season after a decade's absence, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Tuesday, his third, for "Three Tall Women." Although rumors circulated in New York theatrical offices for several days that Albee would win the prize, he said Tuesday afternoon that he wasn't ready to celebrate yet: "You hear those things, but it's something you should never count on, so you can't plan celebrations."