Mommy Dearest

His mother viewed homosexuals as another group to look down on. So it’s no surprise that Edward Albee left home at 18. And in his 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Three Tall Women, Albee deals with his mommy issues. With the main character, “A,” based on his mother, Albee lets the elderly woman tell her life story to two younger women – the 52-year-old “B” and 26-year-old “C.” But in the second act, Albee merges the three characters, with each representing A at different ages. A’s son makes an appearance, and though he doesn’t speak, A tells the story of their failed relationship, among other memories good and bad. As Albee admitted, it was his way of exorcising a very old demon.

Three Tall Women runs through June 13 at Palm Beach Dramaworks (322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $42 to $44. Call 561-514-4042 or visit
Wednesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 & 7 p.m. Starts: May 20. Continues through June 13, 2010

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