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'Martha: Look, sweetheart, I can drink you under any goddamn table you want...so don't worry about me! George: Martha, I gave you the prize years ago...There isn't an abomination award going that you... Martha: I swear...if you existed I'd divorce you...'

When middle-aged Martha and her husband George are joined by the younger Nick and Honey for late-night drinks after a party, the stage is set for a night of drunken recriminations and revelations. Battle-lines are drawn as Martha and George drag their guests into their own private hell of a marriage.


An intensity, a demoniac misery, a ferocious humour...no one can remain indifferent to its power, its resilience of ideas and its range of language

Sunday Times

Deliciously toxic, acidly funny

Washington Post

There is a great sense of danger in Edward's work, and you never quite know what's going to happen next... I think what is one of the most pronounced ingredients in his work is mischief

Harold Pinter

Scorching and exhilarating

New York Post

The verbal sparring and violence of Albee's early masterpiece remain astonishing, even frightening, yet bitterly, horribly funny...a classic play

The Times

An extraordinary classic that still packs a punch

Independent on Sunday

A brilliantly original work of art


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    June 1, 2001

    Vintage Classics

    144 pages

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