His recommendation [for how to watch one of his plays]?
“Pretend you’re at the first play you’ve ever seen ”” have that experience ”” and I think ‘what the play is about’ will reveal itself quite readily.”
Ben Brantley, chief drama critic of The New York Times, says Albee is “without peer among American playwrights.”
“Certainly of his generation,” Brantley says, “but I would say period.”
Among living dramatists, Brantley says, no one else takes the grand themes Albee does.
“I’m not talking about questions of politics or immediate topical issues,” Brantley stresses. “Edward Albee asks questions ”” the most basic existential questions. He confronts death, he confronts sex with, I think, eyes that remain very wide open.”