But the allegorical perception is important not only because it acerca-de gets at the heart of Albee's intentions in the play but also because it enables us to relate The American Dream to his other work and to understand his larger corpus better. And when Grandma finally leaves the stage Albee even moves into theatricalism, creating the alienation effect of Brechtian drama to help us see and accept what his didactic drama has been aiming at. As soon as Grandma enters the acerca-de scene, Albee tempers his absurdism with expressionism, the dominant mode of the play, as Grandma and the Young Man interact and their meanings are clarified. The play has moved through three theatrical modes.
Properly perceiving the norm upon which his satire is based, we are now responsible for nurturing it in our lives in real life. Albee has passed the dream acerca-de on to us. Grandma--the old American Dream, as this essay has claimed--is not dead. Although her final lines are rather innocuous, the stance from which she speaks them is laden with significance acerca-de.