I'm consulting my used paperback edition from the 70s, and here are the two beats I'm talking about. There may have been more, but I'm certain at least two were gone, starting with this one:
GEORGEAnd so on. That's in Act One, right before Nick and Honey arrive. Here's the other one, also in Act One, as Martha's taking Honey to the bathroom:
Just don't start on the bit, that's all.
The bit? The bit? what kind of language is that? What are you talking about?
The bit. Just don't start in on the bit.
You imitating one of your students, for God's sake? What are you trying to do? WHAT BIT?
Just don't start in on the bit about the kid, that's all.
GEORGEJW noticed these missing beats, too, so it wasn't just me. Does anyone know of any statements Albee might've made about this rewrite? Or Anthony Page? Maybe there's an explanation in the new printing. I guess I'll have to get to a bookstore this week.
Just don't shoot your mouth off...about...you know what.
I'll talk about any goddamn thing I want to, George!
In the meantime, any thoughts? Anyone?
Oh, and P.S., how long have we been living with cellphones now? An announcement before the curtain rises and after BOTH intermissions isn't enough? Are you kidding me? What's so hard to understand about this? And why, WHY does it ring more than once? How many rings does it take for you to shut the damn thing off when Kathleen Turner is heaving and on the verge of collapse because her imaginary baby just got killed by her husband? FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS DECENT IN THIS WORLD AT LEAST PUT IT ON VIBRATE!