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Three Tall Women at The Theatre Guild - Little Theatre


Even though Edward Albee is possibly better known for his lively black comedy Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, it is easy to appreciate why his amazing good play of modern theatre, Three Tall Women earned a Pulitzer and three Best Play awards.

The first act explores the life of a wealthy, elderly widow (Jean Walker) who is dying and is tended by two other women, her carer (Rachel Burfield) and her young lawyer (Jessica Carroll. The frank dialogue without any sentimentality, but with sharp black humour, covers everything from incontinence to infidelity. This play is remarkable as scenes provide humour, pain, bitterness, suffering, signs of helplessness, dependence on others, dementia and the need for reconciliation and forgiveness as she recalls various events in her life and tries to solve its riddles.

Albee's genius is clearly shown as the same three actors in the first act portray in the second act, the same woman at different stages of her life, from mid-twenties to old age. The other carefully executed layer giving more depth to the production is the silent presence of the male visitor, the dying woman's homosexual son (Amin Zargarian), who kneels at her bedside.

Three Tall Women at The Theatre Guild - Little Theatre
Rachel Burfield, Jean Walker & Jessica Carroll in Three Tall Women. Photo courtesy of UATG.


The play is impressive while Jean Walker, Rachel Burfield and Jessica Carroll are superb in their roles as the Three Tall Women. Amin Zargarian, as the silent son, effectively draws reactions from the women

Once again the Little Theatre offers the perfect setting symbolising the bedroom of an ageing wealthy woman. The bed in its prominent position was well designed to suggest the old lady's affluence and with lighting provides an intimate setting.

This is a gripping production which offers the ideal opportunity to see an excellent presentation of one of the best contemporary plays performed by a superb cast.
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Why? Opportunity to see one of the greatest dramas of American theatre performed by The Adelaide Theatre Guild under the direction of Geoff Brittain, Winner of Best Show Drama for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (presented in August 2015.)
When: WED-SAT 9-12 & 16-19 AUGUST 2017, 7.30PM
Phone: 08 83135999
Where: Little Theatre, The Cloisters (off Victoria Drive, gate 10), University of Adelaide. Ticket machine in Cloisters parking area. WE RECOMMEND YOU ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR PARKING WHEN THERE IS AN EVENT ON AT ADELAIDE OVAL.
Cost: Tickets $28 Full / $23 Concession Group Bookings: 10 at Concession rate NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES AVAILABLE. PLEASE NOTE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE DOOR WITH CASH FOR ALL PERFORMANCES ONCE TRYBOOKING CLOSES (4pm weekday performance)
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