American playwright, associated with the Theatre of the Absurd, whose later explorations of sexual fantasy, frustration, and domestic anguish also recall the plays of T. Williams. His works include the macabre one‐act satiric comedy The American Dream (1961); the more naturalistic marital tragi‐comedy of academe Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962); Tiny Alice (1965); and A Delicate Balance (1966), a tragicomedy set in a hard‐drinking domestic environment. Later plays include All Over (1971); Seascape (1975); The Lady from Dubuque (1980); The Man Who Had Three Arms (1982); Marriage Play (1986); Three Tall Women (1992), the leading character of which was based on Albee's adoptive mother; and The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (2002) which, like most of his work, is both shocking and funny.
Subjects: Literature — Theatre.