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Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf Written by Edward Albee is a play that takes us into one evening of the lives of one couple entertaining another This play has very dramatic characters that are very diverse and dynamic Albee explores the dangerous fun and games played by one married couple and how they use two seemingly innocent people as pawns in their games By the end of the night a stunning revelation is revealed that threatens both couples emotional sanity The play is soaked in imagery and above all symbolism that Albee uses to portray and dismantle the perfect American dreamEdward Albee was born in Washington DC on March 12 1928 Two weeks later he was adopted by Reed and Frances Albee and taken to live in the family home in Westchester New York Albees adoptive father owned a nationwide chain of vaudeville theaters which meant that young Edward got much early exposure to theater personalities Albees childhood was very comfortable He had many servants tutors riding lessons winters in Miami summers sailing on the sound and an inexhaustible wardrobe housed in a closet that was as big as a room His father was believed to be dominated by his wife which is a very evident in Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf In the play Martha is very domineering and controlling of the meek and suppressed GeorgeAlbee attended the Choate school from 1944 to 1946 when he enrolled at Trinity College a small liberal arts institution in Hartford Connecticut Burns 2523 His stay there was brief but he gained some dramatic experience playing the role of characters in plays Over the years Albee has introduced thirteen plays to the American stage He is an important figure in the American theater no only for his works but also for his efforts to introduce new opinions Albee ii In Albees own words his plays are an examination of the American Scene an attack on the substitution
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