Review: Three Tall Women

June 1, 2018

Edward Albee's Three Tall Women could be described as a comedy or a drama, depending on which way you look at it. 


Glenda Jackson plays A, a 92 year old pretending to 91, who cannot let go of the things she believes and subjects the other two people in the room to her continued awfulness during the first half of the play. One of the other people is B, played by Laurie Metcalf, acting as A's caretaker, running around cleaning up and dealing with every little thing A can throw at her. And the last person is C, played by Alison Pill, who is an opinionated and tightly wound lawyer trying to deal with a pile of A's bills that have been left for who knows how long. 


C looks upon what A and B have become, and she distances herself from the situation, not wanting to become anything like they are. However in the second half of the show it is revealed that all three, now in complementary dresses, are in fact the same woman at different time in her life. 


As her future is laid out before her, C vehemently insists that she will not become B, who at the same time hopes to not become A. Now, each of the women care more about the others and what they have done as they realize that each of their actions determine how they will end up. 


Despite looking nothing alike, each actress is incredible. The play is an interesting reflection on life, as A looks back on what her life was in her younger days. It's clever, it's witty and sad at times, especially as they reflect on their son, played by Joseph Medeiros (not credited in the program), who left the house when they refused to accept his  homosexuality as revealed by A, just mixed in with several racist comments that cause offense to C, and maybe some jaws to drop in the audience. By the end of the show, they truly feel like one person, all holding hands and looking out. But it took just a bit too long to get there. 




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