Three Tall Women - Western Gold Theatre

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October 23 to November 9, PAL Studio Theatre

By: Tessa Perkins

First published in The Peak.

Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story impressed me so much during this year’s Fringe Festival that when I found out Three Tall Women was also written by him, I had to go see it.

I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as Zoo Story, but I could see the similarities in Albee’s style. This play also featured only one setting, and it wasn’t so much a story as an interesting conversation.

The first act was relatively banal with three women (simply referred to as A, B, and C in the program and never referred to by name in the show) in A’s bedroom as B, a lawyer, tries to ask questions about her finances, and C, her nurse, helps her answer the questions. We learn a lot about her history and what led her to this moment, but it isn’t until the second act that things get really interesting.

The second half was much more engaging, as the three women all became A at three different stages of her life. They talked to each other describing what was to come or what they would never become. Representing three stages of a woman’s life and reflecting with each other, many insights about aging, time, and the effect of our decisions on our later life were brought up.

For more information: westerngoldtheatre.org.

Photo by: Tim Matheson.

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