Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Review - Drink, Drank, Drunk, Destroyed


Steppenwolf’s revival of Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf at the Booth Theater opened on the same evening as the original Broadway production did 50 years ago. Celebrating both the play’s Golden anniversary and its transfer from Chicago. The production has gone on to be celebrated and embraced by the New York theatre community and the critics. In fact so much so, that it has now extended it’s run through February 24, 2013.




The journey of this incarnation of Edward Albee’s, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features the same cast and creative team as it did when it began in Chicago at Steppenwolf on December 2, 2010 – February 13, 2011. It was then transferred to Arena Stage in Washington,DC, February 25 – April 10, 2011 before its latest move to the Booth Theatre here in New York.




Marking Steppenwolf’s eighth production on Broadway, following the Tony Award-nominated Superior Donuts (2009), the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County (2007), the Tony Award-winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2001), the Tony Award-nominated Buried Child (1996), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (1994), the Tony Award-nominated, The Song of Jacob Zulu (1993), and the Tony Award-winning, The Grapes of Wrath (1990).




Drink. Drank. Drunk. Destroyed. This poignant and ferocious Edward Albee masterpiece is as tantalizing today as it was 50 years ago. With exquisite subtlety Tracy Letts - the writer of August Osage County - portrays George a college professor and a cuckold of a man. Who upon first blush is cruelly controlled by his loud and brash wife Martha played by Amy Morton. Morton follows in the footsteps of some very famous and glamorous renditions of her character by Elizabeth Taylor and Kathleen Turner. Adeptly standing her ground and delivering a somewhat earthy and almost subdued Martha, she manages to keep her characters talons razor sharp. Carrie Coon delivers her Honey as a vapid innocent lamb to slaughter. While Madison Dirk takes his Nick on a rollercoaster of levels of fight or flight. The two couples meet for what appears to be a harmless late night of after party cocktails. The evening draws itself out into morning as alcohol and lives are consumed. Human vulnerabilities are targeted and crushed leaving a trail of blood soaked psyches.




The direction by Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park) is tight and succinct. This Broadway production features the original Steppenwolf creative team: Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Allen Lee Hughes (light design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design).




Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is presented on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Susan Quint Gallin, Mary Lu Roffe, Kit Seidel, Amy Danis & Mark Johannes, Patty Baker, Mark S. Golub & David S. Golub, Richard Gross, Jam Theatricals, Cheryl Lachowicz, Michael Palitz, Dramatic Forces/Angelina Fiordellisi, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Ken Greiner, Kathleen K. Johnson, Kirmser Ponturo Fund, Will Trice and GFour Productions.


Playing now through February 24, 2013


Performance Schedule:

Wednesday and Saturday at 2 pm

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 pm

Saturday at 8 pm

Sunday at 3 pm

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