Friday, April 15, 2005

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf"

Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf" at the Longacre Threater on 46th Street. Magnificant Bill Irwin as George, professor of History at small liberal arts college in town of "New Carthage".Kathleen Turner plays his wife Martha, daughter of the college president. Beautifully written script, though modified from the original to some degree ("updated"). Things kind of peter out after Scene One, but the psychological tension persists fairly well through much of the story.

David Harbour plays Nick, newly hired professor of biology; Mireille Enos plays his wife Honey (we saw her at Longwharf as Ophelia in Hamlet and Lavinia in Mourning Becomes Electra), who once suffered from "hysterical pregnancy", for which he regretfully married her.

Film version
with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton released in 1966.

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