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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Imelda Staunton stars in this intoxicating revival of Edward Albee’s stunning black comedy.
Considered one of the great works of American theater since winning the Tony Award for Best Play in 1963, Edward Albee’s take-no-prisoners black comedy finds an “intoxicatingly good” (Financial Times) revival at the National Theatre in London.
The play opens in the disorderly living room of a history professor (Conleth Hill, Game of Thrones) and his wife Martha (Imelda Staunton, Harry Potter), who have invited another, younger couple over for drinks and conversation. Soon, however, Martha and George turn to one of their favorite pasttimes: viciously attacking each other’s flaws and failures. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn deeper into George and Martha’s toxic “games” until the “party” reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling. 3h 18m
“This is one of those rare occasions when play, performance and production perfectly coalesce. Imelda Staunton, having portrayed one of the sacred monsters of the American musical in Gypsy, now brilliantly embodies Edward Albee’s campus Medusa in the shape of Martha. Conleth Hill matches her every inch of the way as her seemingly ineffectual husband, George. Watching the two of them pummel each other senseless in a three-hour verbal slugfest may be exhausting but is ultimately uplifting and cathartic.” The Guardian
Check out this glowing review of the production in The New York Times:
“Woolf” is one play I thought I’d seen enough of for now. But this version, directed by James Macdonald and starring a ravishingly well matched Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill, harrowed and moved me as if I were encountering the show for the first time.
It also made me appreciate anew the impeccable construction this 1962 portrait of marriage in academia and the rich opportunities it allows its cast of four to build characters that tower in the memory. Mr. Macdonald, an undersung British director of fierce emotional insight, has an equal appreciation for the form and feeling of this play, and how they infuse each other.READ MORE
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