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Actors Theatre of San Francisco
855 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94108
415-345-1287
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4.4 / 5 Rated by 72 members
bwkbwk
Review from bwkbwk
Red Velvet 399 events 107 reviews

An incredible show. Superb performances by all actors (especially the part of George).

Although the show is 3 hours long (not including two 10-minute intermissions), I was interested the entire time, and I never knew where the ultimate plot...continued

reviewed Nov 20 2009 report as inappropriate
Risa Meyer
Review from Risa Meyer
Red Velvet 116 events 55 reviews

The performance was very well done but too long.

reviewed Dec 06 2009 report as inappropriate
oneabogado
Review from oneabogado
Red Velvet 54 events 16 reviews

I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. The actors were superb - ALL of them. This is by far the best play I have seen in the last year and a half. It's 3 hours but there are 2 intermissions. Worth it.

reviewed Nov 13 2009 report as inappropriate
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Winner of the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award

Description

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.

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