Composers and their stage works 


Edward Albee

Play - 2 acts. 2 men, 2 women; exterior.

Shubert Theatre - Jan 26, 1971

On a deserted stretch of beach a middle-aged couple, relaxing after a picnic lunch, talk idly about home, family and their life together. She sketches, he naps, and then, suddenly, they are joined by two sea creatures - lizards who have decided to leave the ocean depths and come ashore.

Initial fear, and then suspicion of each other, is soon replaced by curiosity and, before long, the humans and the lizards (who speak admirable English) are engaged in a fascinating and revealing dialogue. The lizards, who are at a very advanced stage of evolution, are contemplating the rather terrifying, yet exciting, possibility of embarking on life out of water; and the couple, for whom existence has grown flat and routine, hold the answers to their most urgent questions. And these answers are given - warmth, humour and poetic eloquence, and with emotional and intellectual reverberations which linger in the heart and mind long after the play itself has ended.