HISTORIA DEL ZOO EDWARD ALBEE PDF

It can be observed that Jerry creates three interdependent states of mind: a sense of thwarted belongingness, a sense of burdensomeness, and the acquired capacity to commit suicide. These states allowed Jerry to accomplish self-destruction successfully in response to his absurd existence. Key words: Social alienation; the theater of the absurd; the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior; the sense of thwarted belongingness; the myth of Sisyphus. A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind. Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted. Jerry disturbing Peter in Central Park, New York, has no other purpose than to orchestrate his own death successfully, a paradox that is only implied at the end because it is not an issue that Jerry clearly states from the beginning.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. This volume of plays contains Edward Albee's four most famous one-act works. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 13, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: plays. I played the conservative, bespectacled establishment character Peter in a small college production of Albee's one-act play in the spring of The wild anti-establishment Jerry had most of the largely absurdist lines, but Peter has the final dramatic moment in the play, heh heh.

And how! Only two guys on stage, making a dramatic impact, and it works as drama. The guy who played Jerry in the play convinced me to drink a lot with him before the final dress rehearsal, just to see what would ha I played the conservative, bespectacled establishment character Peter in a small college production of Albee's one-act play in the spring of The guy who played Jerry in the play convinced me to drink a lot with him before the final dress rehearsal, just to see what would happen, its own kind of stupid anti-establishment rebellion, and it did sort of heighten everything, make it a little crazier.

I mean, we were drunk. In my memory the most dramatic moment of that performance was that the College's Theatre Chair and some other theatre professors showed up at this rehearsal, just to surprise us. Boy howdy were we surprised, and we suddenly felt a little less anti-establishment when we realized they were there. Sobered up like getting pulled over on the way home from the bar by the cops which actually has never happened to me. View all 5 comments. Jan 06, Cheryl rated it it was amazing.

It's the source of one of my favorite lines: "Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance out of his way to come back a short distance correctly. Mar 21, Sareena rated it it was amazing. This is absolutely one of my favorite plays.

Despite it's weird absurdity played throughout and the no nonsense of the only two characters based in one setting, it was this that gave it so much more depth and meaning to the human condition. Jerry can be the archtype for the human desire, the subconsciouss, and that he is in touch with it makes him 'insane'?!

What is insane then? That means 'sane' is a porduct of societal conditioning for the most part Albee subtely comments on that and got me This is absolutely one of my favorite plays. Albee subtely comments on that and got me thinking, "Who am I? He is the farthest from societies woes but not enough to spare his life. I found it sad in the end when he mechanically gets Peter to impale him in the chest with his knife.

Not even could he kill himself but have someone else do it for him out of a desperation for relationships with the very people he comes to despise.

Jul 12, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: theatre-related. Tightly written, if some of the idioms are dated. On the one hand it benefits greatly from and becomes a richer play for the prelude of "Homelife" which constitutes the first Act of "At Home At The Zoo. Nevertheless, the two plays together are captivating and thought-provoking theatre, just as Zoo Story alone was in its premiere. The language, classically Albee, is at once poetic in its heightened naturalism, and points to his characters' realization that language has failed them - is failing them - as they try to express themselves to one another.

Sep 10, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: ap-english , drama. Whenever I finish an existential work such as Zoo Story , my first thought is That was it? It isn't until after I finish them that I start to realize the absolute lack of plot actually develops the meaning of the works.

That's why I love existential literature and absurd theatre: you don't actually know what it's about until you look at it in retrospect. The "plot" of this play is two guys sitting on a bench. See, I told you it's pretty devoid of a story.

I'm not going to divulge into wh Whenever I finish an existential work such as Zoo Story , my first thought is That was it? I'm not going to divulge into what I think the meaning of this play is; I'll let you figure that out for yourself. If you, like I, read Waiting for Godot and loved it, this should be pretty enjoyable. Sep 20, wally rated it really liked it Shelves: albee. Apr 30, Saxon rated it liked it Shelves: school. I dig Albee but this play which brought him to fame doesn't really feel like it holds up today.

Sure, the theme of the individual facing a great existentialist dillema and feeling isolated even in an urban setting still permeates contemporary literature and film. And Zoo Story might have been moving and influential when it was first released. However, looking back it feels like Albee was young and just got finished reading the works of Camus. Still, great one act with a pretty amazing and famous I dig Albee but this play which brought him to fame doesn't really feel like it holds up today.

Still, great one act with a pretty amazing and famous monologue about a man and a dog L'Etranger anyone? Jan 24, Miro rated it it was ok Shelves: dramast. The Zoo Story is definitely the most potent play in this collection, explicit in a very subtle way, but the collection as such is fairly lackluster: while The Sandbox and The Death of Bessie Smith seem more of straight-forward, not-very-inspired sketches than full-pledged, stand-alone plays, The American Dream just does not hit the mark for me.

Albee is quite literal at times, which either offends me or delights me, there seems to be nothing in between. Having that said, I should probably revisi The Zoo Story is definitely the most potent play in this collection, explicit in a very subtle way, but the collection as such is fairly lackluster: while The Sandbox and The Death of Bessie Smith seem more of straight-forward, not-very-inspired sketches than full-pledged, stand-alone plays, The American Dream just does not hit the mark for me.

Having that said, I should probably revisit Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf , a play of his I seemed to have enjoyed the best. This was the first play that I directed at the university level. It was a fun experiment, and I was rather pleased with the result.

As far as the text goes, I think that this script is pretty solid. It has a lot of room for interpretation, crazy characters, and lengthy 16 page? This is a good play for a director who doesn't have a large actor pool to choose from, because it's a 2 person cast. I replaced Jerry with a girl, which changed the dynamics up quite a bit, but worked really This was the first play that I directed at the university level.

I replaced Jerry with a girl, which changed the dynamics up quite a bit, but worked really well. If you enjoy reading plays and like crazy people and dark comedy, you'll enjoy this. Nov 30, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: classics. Yet another great work form Albee. I was led to believe this is about beastiality and while there are disturbing notes-- Jerry does not stop mentioning the Dog's errection-- there is no actual animal sex. No, the work is perhaps far more disturbing; it is another story of the interplay between humans, mind games, manipulation, and what exactly is true and what is false is it that easily defined?

A wonderful play, Albee's first. If you enjoyed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Jul 23, M. Albee used to be one of my all-time favourite dramatists--though I'm starting, now at 25 , to question my age-old admiration.

I've long ago read all the other works but Malcolm, which was dreadfully terrible. Don't see Malcolm, don't read Malcolm. It's trash.

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His first play, it was written in and completed in just three weeks. Today, professional theatre companies can produce The Zoo Story either as a part of Edward Albee's at Home at the Zoo originally titled Peter and Jerry , or as a standalone play. Its prequel, Homelife , written in , however, can only be produced as a part of Edward Albee's at Home at the Zoo. The play was paired with Krapp's Last Tape.

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