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All Over - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

All Over

Edward Albee

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573605215

"A lovely, poignant and deeply felt play." - The New York Times
"Done with brilliance... Fascinating, chilling, unsettling and oh so eloquent drama." - Newsday
In an alcove of a town house a great man lay dying. In the anteroom, awaiting his death are his wife, his mistress, his best friend, his feckless son and daughter. They who stand the deathwatch recollect past loves, rekindle old wars and await word that it is "all over".

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - A bed-sitting room, the present

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Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

In an alcove of a town house a great man lay dying. In the anteroom, awaiting his death are his wife, his mistress, his best friend, his feckless son and daughter. An elderly physician and a nurse ammend the family portrait, while newsmen eager for the latest updates and television crews clamour off stage. They who stand the deathwatch recollect past loves, rekindle old wars and await word that it is "all over". Colleen Dewhurst and Jessica Tandy led the Broadway cast.

"It is a lovely, poignant and deeply felt play. In no way at all is it an easy play - this formal minuet of death, this symphony ironically celebrating death's dominion. It is not easy in its structure, a series of almost operatic arias demanding, in their precision, pin-point concentration from the audience, and it is certainly not easy in its subject matter." - The New York Times

"Done with brilliance... Fascinating, chilling, unsettling and oh so eloquent drama." - Newsday

Characters

CASTING

6m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Parts for Senior Actors

THE WIFE  - 71, small-boned, not heavy, dresses well, gray-haired probably
THE MISTRESS - 61, auburn or dark blond hair, a great beauty fading some, more voluptuous than the wife, maybe a bit taller, given to soft pastel clothes
THE SON - 52, a heavyset man, soft features, dark hair, business clothes
THE DAUGHTER - 45, angular, once attractive, now a little ravaged, doesn't care much about how she dresses
THE BEST FRIEND - 73, a good-looking gray-haired man, poised, thin to middling, well-dressed, well-groomed
THE 2 PHOTOGRAPHERS
THE REPORTER - no matter, middle-aged, or whoever understudies the male principals
Author
Edward Albee

Edward Albee

Edward Albee was born on March 12, 1928, and began writing plays 30 years later. His plays include The Zoo Story (1958), The American Dream (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1961-62, Tony Award), Tiny Alice (1964), A Delicate Balance (1966, Pulitzer Prize; 1996, Tony Award), All Over (1971), Seascape (1974, Pulitzer Prize), The Lady From Dubuque (1977-78), The Man Who Had Three Arms (1981), ... view full profile

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James Grissom 4/22/2013 10:13 AM
On a single and sparse set, Edward Albee allows us to witness a group of people--wife, son, daughter, mistress, nurse, and doctor--as they await the death of an unseen but clearly important person. "All Over" is a play that has as its theme definition--of life, of roles played in life, and on values. It is, amazingly, even a play that seeks to define what a play is, and Albee has stated that was thinking of chamber music, an intricate display of notes and jarring chords when he composed this play, which was not a success on its arrival in 1971, but which has since been successfully revived and re-evaluated. The roles of the wife and mistress are particularly rich opportunities for actresses unattached to vanity, and the role of son affords an actor a blistering cameo/monologue that is a plea for affection and attention. Laconic and lapidary, "All Over" is a sobering evening of theatre.

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