Play About the Baby

Play About the Baby

Edward Albee

Language: English

Pages: 61

ISBN: 0822218143

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In this black comedy a young couple who are madly in love with each other, have a child - the perfect family - that is, until an older couple steal the baby. Through a series of mind games and manipulations, they call into question both couples' sense of reality and fiction, joy and sorrow.

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brings us … WOMAN (Dramatic) Oh, God! The batterings! MAN (To WOMAN) … time brings us. WOMAN Sorry! … time brings us. (An aside) Oh, God? MAN One is enough. (To BOY) Give me your arm; let me see your wound. BOY (Self-protective) Hah! You think I’ll fall for that!? MAN Oh, I wouldn’t break your arm; I don’t want you on your knees—not literally. Ever? No, I don’t think so. Break your arm? Nahhhh! Your heart, perhaps. Your heart, yes. Certainly your heart. WOMAN (Pleased) Oh, the

deformity, one which puts into even greater question the matter of a baby? WOMAN (Rather puzzled) That’s something you’d think I would have noticed—or not noticed, rather. BOY (Pause) Go fuck yourselves. MAN Right on! (He and WOMAN slap each other’s right palms. GIRL tries to sneak off, with an “it’s O.K.” gesture to BOY. MAN notices; a warning) I wouldn’t do that!!! (GIRL hesitates) Leave the so-called baby be! If you have a baby— BOY I told you, we have a baby. GIRL Yes, we have a

you to be certain, you have a baby? Have ever had a baby. (Pause) You have a baby? (GIRL replies more and more tentatively; BOY stays firm) (Don’t rush this section) BOY Yes. GIRL Yes. (Pause) MAN You have a baby? BOY Yes. GIRL Yes. (Pause) WOMAN You have a baby? BOY Yes. GIRL Yes. (Pause) MAN You have a baby? BOY Yes. GIRL (Opens mouth; closes it) BOY (Tiny pause) Say something! (She shakes her head) (Increasing intensity, and increased tempo here) MAN I’ll ask

you to be certain, you have a baby? Have ever had a baby. (Pause) You have a baby? (GIRL replies more and more tentatively; BOY stays firm) (Don’t rush this section) BOY Yes. GIRL Yes. (Pause) MAN You have a baby? BOY Yes. GIRL Yes. (Pause) WOMAN You have a baby? BOY Yes. GIRL Yes. (Pause) MAN You have a baby? BOY Yes. GIRL (Opens mouth; closes it) BOY (Tiny pause) Say something! (She shakes her head) (Increasing intensity, and increased tempo here) MAN I’ll ask

the habit of eating out, by which he meant … alone … without me. It occurred to me that if I … well, it was no good: alone, to him, meant specifically not with me, though with others, with lots of others. And the great feasts I’d prepare … would be for me. Alone. I became quite heavy, which I no longer am, and unmarried, which I am to this day. I trust he is still eating alone … all by himself … facing a wall. (Pause) No matter. Really: from the very first week, come dinnertime, he would put the

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