Review

'Three Tall Women' shows off Albee in top form

May 4 2010
Hap Erstein | Palm Beach ArtsPaper

He has never actually been to Palm Beach Dramaworks' West Palm Beach theater, but with five of his plays produced there, Edward Albee is the company's unofficial resident playwright... ...In a crisply performed production that J. Barry Lewis stages with admirable clarity and simplicity, we eavesdrop as Albee paints an acid-dipped portrait of his adoptive mother. Elements of her have appeared in other plays of his, but never so directly as in this character sketch of a 92-year-old woman of privilege, consumed by bitterness, succumbing to the ravages of a stroke and ultimately accepting the release of death... ...Certainly the Dramaworks cast deserves some of the credit for the play's current impact... ...Three Tall Women represents one of Albee's several career comebacks, a late work that shows him at his full powers. Ultimately, it is full of the wisdom of age, with an emotional range from bitterness to acceptance. Unlike Seascape, it deserves its Pulitzer and its place on Albee's top shelf, as evidenced by Dramaworks' first-rate production.