Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women”: a robust butterfly
After seeing “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” I never expected Edward Albee to write something to surpass that. That’s probably why “Three Tall Women” took me by surpise when I first read it. I am not going to spoil the experience for you by telling you too much about the story itself. All I want to say here is that I truly enjoyed the conversations between the three women, their lives’ stories, their secrets and the way they interact with each other. Because they’re women of different ages, they have different perspectives on life. I have never read a novel or a play that deals with ageing of women in such a sharp way. It deals with it in a light way, like a butterfly, full of jerky movements, yet colourful — and robust at the same time. While “Who’s Afraid…” is merely impressive, “Three Tall Women” is important. I couldn’t stop reading till the very end. An ending which, by the way, is another beautiful, colourful moment. I consider it one of the finest endings; subtle and true and yes, robust.