Seascape Essay

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In the following essay, Adler examines Seascape as "a reverse mirror image" of A Delicate Balance, a play Albee wrote ten years earlier.

In reviewing Edward Albee's Seascape-winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Drama-, Clive Barnes concurred with the playwright's own statement that this work should be regarded as "a companion piece" to the play that immediately preceded It, All Over (1971), adding the proviso, "but this is an optimistic play, a rose play rather than a black play, as Jean Anouilh would have said." Placing the final curtain lines of the two side-by-side allows one to see readily the basis for the distinction Barnes was making All Over, Albee's much underrated drama about death and egocentrism, about the refusal to commit oneself unselfishly to those one says one loves, ends, appropriately enough, with the words "All over", Seascape, on the other hand, concludes with a challenge: "Begin.'...

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