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


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