Is the goat in or out of the play? Despite reports that Edward Albee tried out a different ending at each preview performance of “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?,” the playwright recalled only one minor variation in his unusual curtain-dropper.
“There was never another one,” he said of the ending opening-nighters saw Sunday at the Golden Theater.
As for that aforementioned diversion, Albee brushed it aside. “There was a little pressure from the squeamish not to bring the goat on one night. I did it to show them it wouldn’t work.” And so he has vowed, “I’ll make sure that never happens again!”
Lucky Bill Pullman plays the man caught up in Albee’s barnyard affair. Although he has been called “courageous” in his choice of Broadway debuts, the actor sheepishly admitted that other words occasionally popped into his head during rehearsals, such as “How can I get out of this?” Those initial insecurities occasionally resurface. “The battle is not over. My relatives keep reminding me I have to do this night after night.”
As for the creator of “The Goat,” he did not seem overly impressed with his grand return to Broadway after an absence of nearly 20 years.
“People consider what happens on Broadway to be more important,” Albee commented at the Supper Club party. “But Off Broadway has always been more interesting.”