by MICHAEL VAN DUZER
“I’ve been to the zoo.”
startling announcement opens Edward Albee’s seminal short drama, The Zoo Story. A menacingly loquacious Jerry hurls the words at Peter, a man he has spotted reading on a park bench. It’s a deceptively simple assertion that starts a harrowing journey for both the characters and the audience.
Albee’s play was famously spurned by New York producers and received its premiere in Germany. When an Off-Broadway production was finally mounted in 1960, the play was hailed as the breakthrough of an exciting new talent and Albee