Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
October 13, 2012
Closing:
March 3, 2013

Theater: Booth Theatre / 222 West 45th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple finds themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self-deceptions they forged for their own survival.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    Taking No Prisoners in Boozy, Brutal Head Games

    Charles Isherwood

    October 14, 2012: “George and Martha: sad, sad, sad.” Those keening words may never have cut so deep or hurt so bad as they do in the shattering revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that opened on Saturday night at the Booth Theater, precisely 50 years to the day after this landmark drama first exploded like a stealth bomb on Broadway, establishing Mr. Albee as the most important American playwright of his generation and setting a brave new standard for truth-telling — not to mention expletive-spewing — in the decorous world of the commercial theater.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Thom Geier

    October 14, 2012: It's been exactly 50 years since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? first brayed its way onto Broadway, but Edward Albee's four-person drama has lost none of its searing psychological power over the years. Director Pam MacKinnon's sensational new production, which debuted at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company two years ago, arrives in New York with its full cast, led by the remarkable Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as George and Martha, a middle-aged academic couple whose mutual dependency o is matched only by their seeming loathing of each other's very existence.

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  • CHICAGO TRIBUNE REVIEW OF Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    Chicago-style 'Virginia Woolf' cuts deep on Broadway

    Chris Jones

    October 14, 2012: In an unusual throwback to how Broadway operated when Edward Albee's booze-soaked George and Martha first prowled the boards in 1962, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's naturalistic, emotionally intense, Chicago-style take on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" opened here in one fell swoop on Saturday night with critics, celebrities and Steppenwolf supporters all showing up together in the Booth Theatre for a Broadway transfer that came nearly two years after Pam MacKinnon's production originated in Chicago. The evening — chosen because it was 50 years to the day since the play's Broadway debut — concluded with the masterwork's 84-year-old author taking the stage with the original Steppenwolf cast: Amy Morton, Madison Dirks, Carrie Coon and, most notably, Tracy Letts, offering the performance that dominates this production and who, aptly enough, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, just like Albee.

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  • USA TODAY REVIEW OF Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    'Virginia Woolf' turns 50, with potent new revival

    Elysa Gardner

    October 14, 2012: Though Tracy Letts began his career as an actor, he became a Broadway star for his work offstage, as the playwright who in 2008 collected both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County, a darkly hilarious, deeply unsettling study of an embattled Oklahoma family.

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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS REVIEW OF Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    Astonishing revival of 'Who's Afraid?'

    Mark Kennedy

    October 14, 2012: In Act 2 of the latest revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" on Broadway, a desk lamp was accidentally broken on opening night. An errant swipe during an argument shattered the bulb and a puff of cloud went up to heaven. The actors went about their business calmly, unperturbed. But when Act 3 opened, the lamp was restored. Its light worked perfectly.

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  • NORTHJERSEY.COM REVIEW OF Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

    Broadway review: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

    ROBERT FELDBERG

    October 16, 2012: It's perhaps less surprising that the revival of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is devilishly engrossing — Edward Albee's 1962 masterwork is a superb play — than how it works its sorcery. To begin, though, the new production, which opened at the Booth Theatre on Saturday night — on the exact 50th anniversary of its Broadway debut — boasts two brilliant actors, Amy Morton and Tracy Letts, from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where this production originated.

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