"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" at the Booth Theatre, October 11, 2012
Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre returns to Broadway with the revival of Edward Albee's play about the battle that is marriage.
hasn't been all that long since the last Rialto revival with Kathleen
Turner and Bill Irwin, so I was interested to see what this new
production has to offer. What we get is a solid retelling of the play,
much like last season's revival of Death of a Salesman, proving again what a well-made play it is. Beyond that, there's not much unique in this production.
thing I did notice, was that Amy Morton's Martha has acceded some of
the power to Tracy Letts' George right from the start. Even though she
brays and intimidates, it doesn't land with the same vitriol one usually
experiences. With that opportunity, Mr. Letts' George is now free to
wield his sarcasm like a sword, slashing at Martha and their guests.
of, this Nick (Madison Dirks) and Honey (Carrie Coon), fall right in
line behind whoever is spewing the venom. Mr. Dirks captures the
requisite loose athletic demeanor of Nick's football past. Ms. Coon
gives a nice turn as the besotted Honey, though not quite as fragile as
Director Pam MacKinnon keeps
things moving fairly well, though there were a couple of slow spots in
Act II as the party games transition from "humiliate the husband" to
"get the guests."
Todd Rosenthal's large living room
set captures the academic environment, but went a little overboard with
the stacks of books literally everywhere.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is on an open-ended run. Tickets here.