At Home at the Zoo combines Albee’s classic The Zoo Story with its prequel, Homelife, to form a complete story of Peter, a book editor; Ann, his wife; and Jerry, a desperate man Peter meets in the park. The play begins by offering a revealing look at Peter and Ann’s bored, boring marriage and their brutal attempt to do communicate about it. The tone changes dramatically when Peter goes out to the park and meets Jerry. Jerry begins to tell Peter tale after tale, each more lurid than the next. Jerry seems to be completely alone; he can’t even make a connection with his landlady’s dog. He pulls a knife on Peter, but drops it. Peter is forced to pick up the knife to defend himself from Jerry’s blows. As Peter holds the knife, Jerry grabs Peter and impales himself. Albee’s brilliantly recombined play demonstrates the essential “aloneness” of all humanity.