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Seascape

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Seascape

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
11/21/05
performer:
George Grizzard, Frances Sternhagen
director:
Mark Lamos
author:
Edward Albee

We gave it a B

Its 1975 Pulitzer Prize notwithstanding, Seascape isn’t Edward Albee’s most developed work. Still, it breathes with his best obsessions: difference, indifference, and the necessity of full engagement with Being. On a perilously canted seashore sit an older couple (George Grizzard and Frances Sternhagen) who’ve fused comfortably with their existential frustrations. A bracing burst of absurdity puts them nose to nose with another couple (Frederick Weller and Elizabeth Marvel), who’d probably be considered beach people…if they were people. The whole play is a preamble to a human ideal that’s yet to evolve — in other words, an exciting nonevent.