All Over

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For the song by Lisa Maffia, see All Over (song).

All Over is a play written by Edward Albee.

Production history[edit]

The play premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre in March 1971 and closed on May 1, 1971 after 40 performances. The director was John Gielgud, and the cast featured Jessica Tandy (The Wife), Madeline Sherwood (The Daughter) and Colleen Dewhurst (The Mistress).[1] Clive Barnes, in his review for The New York Times wrote "It is a lovely, poignant and deeply felt play. In no way at all is it an easy play -- this formal minuet of death, this symphony ironically celebrating death's dominion. It is not easy in its structure, a series of almost operatic arias demanding, in their precision, pin-point concentration from the audience, and it is certainly not easy in its subject matter."[2] Walter Kerr wrote that "The exercise at the Martin Beck is extraordinarily remote, detached, noncommittal. Its people seem to be waiting in a railroad station for the last train out, unaware that it has long since departed and the station itself is simply gathering dust and echoes while it waits to be torn down."[3]

The play was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Aldwych Theatre in London in 1972. Directed by Peter Hall, the Production starred Peggy Ashcroft (The Wife), Angela Lansbury (The Mistress),[4]Sheila Hancock (The Daughter), Patience Collier (The Nurse),[5] David Waller, and Sebastian Shaw.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tony Award, Best Actress in a Play
  • Colleen Dewhurst (nominee)
Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Performance
  • Colleen Dewhurst (winner)


  1. ^ Albee, Edward.Script All Over:a play in two acts (, Samuel French, Inc., 1998, ISBN 0-573-60521-1, pp. 2-3
  2. ^ Barnes, Clive.Stage: 'All Over,' Albee's Drama of Death, Arrives" The New York Times, March 29, 1971
  3. ^ Kerr, Walter.Albee's 'All Over' -- The Living Are Dead, Too" April 4, 1971
  4. ^ Cadden, Michael."All Over", Summer 2002
  5. ^ Gussow, Mel."Death and Life" Edward Albee: A Singular Journey : A Biography, ( Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000, ISBN 1-55783-447-4, pp. 283-286

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