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Milan Kundera once wrote that all great artists must, at some point, run away from their mothers. Playwright Edward Albee was raised to become a respectable Washington, D.C., society member by his strong-minded mother, but by his 20th year he had run off to New York's Greenwich Village to make it in theater. Heralded as the harbinger of American absurdist drama, Albee once described his work as "an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy-keen." So there, Mom. On Sept. 26-30 and Oct 1 and 2 at 8 p.m., students from Meredith College (pictured) will take on Albee's The American Dream (1960) and Christopher Durang's 'Dentity Crisis (1978), both one-acts, for a night of absurdist black comedy. For tickets, call the Meredith Performs Theatre box office at 760-2840.

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