Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Steppenwolf Theatre members Tracy Letts (author of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County) and Amy Morton (Tony Award nominee for August: Osage County) face off as one of theatre's most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Edward Albee's hilarious and harrowing masterpiece. On a quiet New England campus, an embittered professor and his domineering wife turn an evening of no-holds-barred drinking into a wicked game. George and Martha stage an all-night battle of mind games and sexual intrigue for an unsuspecting young colleague and his wife, whose own relationship is tested.

Average Rating: 2.17 stars2.17 stars2.17 stars2.17 stars2.17 stars based on 3 votes

Show Category: Drama/Mature

Opening:Sep 27, 2012
Closing:Mar 3, 2013

Theater Information
Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street
New York, NY
Between 7th and 8th Ave.


4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars by Anonymous
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I'm really surprised by the other reviewers' reactions, and I'm even more surprised that neither of the other reviewers have heard of this play. I'm not being condescending - just pointing out that Martha is a landmark character in 20th century drama and even cinema when Elizabeth Taylor played her in the '66 film version.

With that being said, I could see why a play like this receives negative reviews. It's a slightly absurd play, meaning you need to suspend your disbelief at times. The play is about an academic couple who have tried to live up to the American dream but find themselves derailing fast when they begin to face deeper truths (and deeper contradictions) within themselves.

The entirety of the play is George and Martha's unraveling and explores the theme of performance - whether that is through gender, sexuality, social status, humanness, or the childish games we play as adults. Yes, it's 3 hours, which I agree is a little bit too long. However, it is the emotional rawness of this play that makes the 3 hours forgivable.

With this particular production, Martha played by "Amy Morton" is disappointing. Martha is huge and commanding as a character, and it is my opinion that Amy Morton does not achieve this. At the same time, Tracy Letts nails his performance - everything about him is engaging and encapsulates George, much like Richard Burton did years ago.

Go see this play, or at least read it, if you have time. Albee has a knack for witty dialogue, and while George and Martha's marital battles make for uncomfortable moments, there are times when you see through their madness and into what lengths love can drive a couple.

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1.5 stars1.5 stars1.5 stars1.5 stars1.5 stars by Chris
2 of 3 people found this helpful

We decided to see Who's afraid of virginia Wolf while we were at the discount tkts booth. It was 30% off, and the two tkts staff members said it was fantastic, although it "couldn't be described".

It was a complete disaster. Every member of our group hated it, and we were all bitter we wasted $96/person seeing such a horrible, horrible show. I don't like musicals, and generally enjoy plays, but this play had no plot or story. The acting and dialog may have been OK, but the story was so bad I couldn't tell.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf is a 3-act (and 3-hour) play about an older couple and a younger couple who drink a lot. The older couple bicker about random things, but none of it makes sense. The first act was slightly witty, which is why I'm giving this play 1.5 stars. The other two acts hardly made any sense at all. There's a "big surprise" at the end (which is incredibly weak and doesn't make sense either) that just makes this play a weird, overrated, waste of time.

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1 stars1 stars1 stars1 stars1 stars by Amy

I don't really know how to describe this play. It started off as a comedy and I felt intrigued to see where it was going next. Unfortunately, the answer appeared to be "nowhere". The second act was strange, and the third act was very serious. It was a very long play - 3 hours. I felt like I must have been missing something. Maybe it had a very deep message about psychology, but I didn't get it.

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