Three Tall Women

Play

Writers: Edward Albee

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1991
Genres
Drama, Dark Comedy
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
A grand bedroom, Present Day
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
Mostly Female Cast, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes elderly, mature adult, adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

Three Tall Women takes place in the bedroom of a sick and forgetful old woman (A). In the first act she is cared for by a middle-aged companion (B) and visited by a young woman (C) sent by the lawyer to settle some financial affairs. A is imperious and acerbic, which B is used to deal and manages effectively. However, C is impatient and quick to rise to A’s jibes. During their discussion of A's life, they muse on love, family relationships, sex, pain, and the body’s inevitable decline. After A suffers a stroke that leaves her on the edge of death, her body is replaced by an identical mannequin of A in the bed. Away from the bed, she joins B and C in discussing events in their mutual life and how one matured into the other. For they are, in fact, all the same woman--"everywoman”--at different stages of her life.

Lead Characters