You know you’ve been seeing theatre for a long time when you start seeing multiple revivals of shows on Broadway. Today was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. One of my favorite American plays, without a doubt. Below is a photo of the page in my scrapbook in 2005 when I saw Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin in that revival.
I studied …Virginia Woolf? in multiple classes in college and seeing it onstage was and is incredible. There are hardly words to describe it. I had mixed feelings about seeing it again this time around. The last time I’d seen it, Kathleen Turner was Martha… and how could you possibly top that? Well, as it turns out, you can’t, but you can have a 100% excellent production regardless of whether or not Turner is available.
This 3+ hour play that spans three acts is confusing, amusing, and will shake you to your core (especially the third act). Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, as George and Martha respectively, give it their all and are obviously solid in their craft. They go at it like an old couple that has grown to resent one another, and amuse and scare the audience simultaneously. Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks, as the unsuspecting victims of the night Honey and Nick, also give believable performances.
I enjoyed every minute of the performance today and I was speechless leaving the Booth Theatre afterward. If you want to see one of the greatest American plays being performed live with a stellar cast, get thee to the Booth Theatre.