Edward Albee's Masterpiece Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Actor's Theatre
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The last date listed for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was Saturday January 23, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Amanda Soskin
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Outstanding production. A thunderous delivery, so good in fact, given the extraordinary performances by leads Christian Philips (George)and Rachel Klyce (Martha), who were so natural in role, one could not help but be entirely engrossed in the proceedings. The endless and scathing taunting between the couple in front of their guests, was torturous for the audience; equal parts embarrassing and fascinating. We could only squirm in our seats riveted with discomfort! It is a 3 hour production, very long ... so bring sustenance, but "oh" so worth it!
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Deliciously vicious! If you've seen the movie you know what you're in for as far as the "game" between George and Martha but trust me, Taylor and Burton got nuthin' on these actors. Among the most amazing, riveting performances we've ever seen...continued
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Winner of the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award
Martha, the daughter of the college president, much to the consternation of her husband, George, a “forty something” professor of history, invites for late night drinks a newly arrived on campus and ambitious young academic, Nick, and his naive wife, Honey. Fueled by prodigious consumption of alcohol, George and Martha ensnare the guests in their no holds barred verbal warfare during which the deepest confidences are betrayed, facades of civility ripped away, pretension and self respect destroyed. And yet the curious alliance of George and Martha survives the maelstrom of their drunken Saturday night and gives promise of redemption in the dawn of Sunday morning.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened at Broadway’s Billy Rose Theater on October 3, 1963, starring Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill as the battling George and Martha. It ran for 664 performances and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award andy the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. It was made into a popular film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1966, for which Taylor won an Academy Award for Best Actress.
The title refers to Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), an influential British feminist writer who pioneered the ‘stream of consciousness’ literary style while examining the psychological and emotional motives of her characters. She suffered from mental illness and ultimately went insane and committed suicide.
This Actors Theatre of San Francisco production features Christian Phillips as George, Rachel Klyce as Martha, Alex Garcia as Nick and Jessica Coghill as Honey. Directed by Keith Phillips, Assisted by John Krause. Design by Biz Duncan, Rachel Klyce, James Baldock.