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Costa Mesa Playhouse
at Rea Elementary School 661 Hamilton Street Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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Rated by 5 members
MaryLynn Bryce
Review from MaryLynn Bryce
56 events 15 reviews

The play is great, the actors and actresses were all good. It is a long play, with two intermissions. Be sure you're not tired when you see this.

reviewed Feb 21 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from anonymous
48 events 15 reviews

Outstanding! This was of professional quality. The actors were superb.

reviewed Feb 28 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from JUDITH BEN
25 events 12 reviews

The actor and actress who played George and Martha were outstanding!! Even though this play was about 3 hours long and takes place in just one room with only four people, we were absolutely riveted the entire time. The dialogue is so packed with...continued

reviewed Feb 20 2009 report as inappropriate
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Directed by Michael Dale Brown

George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha, have just returned home from a Saturday night party. Martha announces that she has invited a young couple — an opportunistic new professor at the college and his shatteringly naive new bride — to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

Winner of both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962-63 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

It was also nominated for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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