“I see and hear my play on stage in my mind when I write it,” [Albee says]. “I expect people to perform it that way.”Parker says that Albee's views are
dazzlingly out of date. Theatre is an ever-growing, ever-changing medium. No progress could ever be made if everyone stuck to the rules.However, in the comments below the piece a number of people jump to Albee's defence, including American playwright Bruce Norris:
About a year ago, I was informed in a roundabout way that one of my plays (called "The Pain and the Itch") was being performed in Melbourne at the Red Stitch Theatre. I found out that the director had chosen to costume the actors for the duration of the play, start to finish, in their underwear. Needless to say, this was not what had been written in the script - which, by the way, is not a "classic" in any sense of the word. It's a brand new play which premiered in the US in 2006. But apparently, I am an "old fogey" like Mr. Albee, because I had to have my agents contact the theatre and threaten to withdraw the rights to the production if they refused to perform the play as written.Link via Chris Wilkinson's post on the Guardian theatre blog.