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Three Tall Women

by The Staff on January 23, 2013


Edward Albee once wrote, “Writing should be useful. If it can’t instruct people a little bit more about the responsibilities of consciousness there’s no point in doing it.”

Beginning tonight (Friday), Schenectady Civic Players take on the responsibility of bringing Albee’s 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama to life. Three Tall Women presents one woman (based on his adopted mother) in three characters. The first is in her 90s, “thin autocratic, proud, and wealthy.” She dominates the first part of the play with circuitous monologues and reminiscences. The second is in her 50s, a caretaker to the older woman. The third is in her 20s, self-assured, professional and slightly impatient with her 90-something self.

In a 2004 profile of the playwright, the Guardian’s Aida Edemariam characterized Three Tall Women as “the most deeply personal of his plays. It is a portrait and exploration of everything he has always defined himself against, and thus in some ways an inverted autobiography.”

Three Tall Women, directed by Joseph Fava, opens Friday (Jan. 25) at 8 PM and runs through Feb. 3 at the Schenectady Civic Playhouse (12 S. Church St., Schenectady). Performances are Wed-Thu at 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat at 8 PM, and Sun at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $15. For more info, call 382-2081.