Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Twelve times a week answered Uta Hagen when asked how often she d like to play Martha in Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf In the same way audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Alb

Twelve times a week, answered Uta Hagen when asked how often she d like to play Martha in Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf In the same way, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee s masterful play A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games By the evening s end, a stunning, almost u Twelve times a week, answered Uta Hagen when asked how often she d like to play Martha in Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf In the same way, audiences and critics alike could not get enough of Edward Albee s masterful play A dark comedy, it portrays husband and wife George and Martha in a searing night of dangerous fun and games By the evening s end, a stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years With the play s razor sharp dialogue and the stripping away of social pretense, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf as a brilliantly original work of art an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire that will be igniting Broadway for some time to come.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  1. Edward Franklin Albee III was an American playwright known for works including Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , The Zoo Story, The Sandbox and The American Dream His works are considered well crafted and often unsympathetic examinations of the modern condition His early works reflected a mastery and Americanization of the Theatre of the Absurd that found its peak in works by European playwrights such as Jean Genet, Samuel Beckett, and Eug ne Ionesco Younger American playwrights, such as Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel, credit Albee s daring mix of theatricalism and biting dialogue with helping to reinvent the post war American theatre in the early 1960s Albee s dedication to continuing to evolve his voice as evidenced in later productions such as The Goat or Who is Sylvia 2000 also routinely marks him as distinct from other American playwrights of his era.Albee himself described his work as an examination of the American Scene, an attack on the substitution of artificial for real values in our society, a condemnation of complacency, cruelty, and emasculation and vacuity, a stand against the fiction that everything in this slipping land of ours is peachy keen.

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  1. I have to invent a new word after this play sadvicious As in, sad and vicious, ineluctably intertwined, till death do them part There s also the wicked humor of the play, for which I don t have a new word, a heartbreaking hilarity that keeps pace with the emotional maelstrom This is an absolutely brilliant work.

  2. This is, quite simply, one of my all time favourite plays There is a film version, with Burton and Taylor as the two main characters, and while this isn t a bad version and it is in glorious black and white I think that film struggles with words and this is a wordy play And then there is that bizarre scene when they leave the house which makes no sense at allI first read this play in high school and had to do a reading of the play in front of the class Naturally, I was Nick, as the teacher was G [...]

  3. Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Wer hat Angst vor Virginia Woolf , Edward Albee Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a play by Edward Albee first staged in 1962 It examines the breakdown of the marriage of a middle aged couple, Martha and George Late one evening, after a university faculty party, they receive an unwitting younger couple, Nick and Honey, as guests, and draw them into their bitter and frustrated relationship The play is in three acts, normally taking a little less than three hours to [...]

  4. I don t often read plays but I absolutely loved Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for its cinematic, almost comedic style, it s colourful characters and its timelessness Definitely a classic that everyone should read.

  5. There s no limit to you, is there Edward Albee, Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf This review is not for Edward Albee s brilliant play, Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but for the equally brilliant recording of the original cast with Uta Hagen I am a fan of the movie with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, but much of the humor is missing from the movie Here, in this recording, we can hear all of Albee s wonderfully dark humor In the words of Martha I thought it was a scream You laughed your head [...]

  6. I finally saw this the other night It was fun to watch, although by fun I often mean painful and awkward This is a long social faux pas taken to its most uncomfortable extreme, and I often had to look down just from being so embarrassed at watching what was happening view spoiler The final twist seems vaguely implausible at first glance, but then I ve had people lie to me about implausible things than having a child hide spoiler

  7. Holy smokes, this was hard to put down It s riveting, a little vile, and dramatic to say the least I m so excited to talk about it in class this week I ll probably come back and review it properly then Needless to say, this was excellent.

  8. This is, in my opinion, the best play ever written in the 20th century There s also a great story about how this was the first drama rejected by the Pulitzer Prize committee for obscenity you may have a hard time finding the obscenity in it, though, since it s from 1962 It s basically about two married couples who hang out in the wee hours of the morning following a party on a college campus in New England, but the interesting part is the way one couple tries to screw with the other s minds for [...]

  9. This falls under that category labelled AWKWARD SOCIAL GATHERING.You ever been to a party where the host and hostess get totally hammered and spend the rest of the evening humiliating each other If you haven t, I don t believe you, number one, and number two, you re a lucky bastard It s awkward and uncomfortable and lemme tell you, it s not much better if you re the drunken host and hostess either No one s having a good time, no matter how much liquor is consumed, keep that in mind.The theater a [...]

  10. Chi ha paura di Virginia Woolf Nessuno O forse tutti Una cantilena di bambini si trasforma in un leit motiv nero colonna sonora di una serata come tante in un salotto come tanti.Un dramma in tre atti con due coppie sulla scena Martha e George pi grandi e padroni di casa, e Nick e Honey pi giovani e ospiti Una guerra verbale, amara, atroce si consuma in poche ore, parole che segnano violente l animo, che feriscono come coltelli, che umiliano perch il dolore provoca cattiveria e va gridato E cos M [...]

  11. I think I m still processing, but WOW We all peel labels, sweetie and when you get through the skin, all three layers, through the muscle, slosh aside the organs and get down to boneyou know what you do then When you get down to bone, you haven t got all the way, yet There s something inside the bonee marrowd that s what you gotta get at.

  12. This play makes me squirm with discomfort every time I read it My mother raised me to be so conscious of manners that I m practically Southern Even though George and Martha are just horrible, I can t help cackle at some of the insults they sling When Martha says that George doesn t have the stuff, my English Major heart is made happy It s a totally perfect slam.And who could not admire Albee s daring in using the term monkey nipples

  13. The song Who s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf was featured in the Disney short film Three Little Pigs 1933 , where two of the pigs are convinced they re safe from the wolf in their straw and twig houses.In Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf , George and Martha return home from a party with a younger couple, Nick and Honey, and end up downing a drink or two or ten during the night Nick and Honey can t seem to drag themselves away from the revelling that seems like a surreal nightmare of funhouse distort [...]

  14. Chi ha paura di Virginia Woolf un viaggio all inferno Un inferno fatto di odio che spurga da ferite vecchissime, un inferno di cattiveria e follia e perdita di ogni ritegno.Quando si legge una sceneggiatura di un opera teatrale l esperienza sempre, per forza di cose, parziale e incompleta, limitata e limitante, eppure questo uno dei casi in cui ho sentito proprio poco la mancanza della controparte scenica O forse dovrei dire che l impianto dialettico di per s cos catalizzante e forte da far pass [...]

  15. The central theme of this play is living without pretense It involves 4 characters and you will hate each of them who berate each other through three acts People have always raved to me about it, but I must admit that I can t understand why rather than being emotionally jarred and on edge, I felt bored and irritated Every character is so villianized that there is no heart to the play, not a single character one can relate to It s an interesting piece of literature, but it s definitely not my all [...]

  16. That was intense I am not sure whether the relationship between Martha and George is highly dysfunctional or highly functional They seem to live in a world of their own, a world that plays by their rules and not the other way around The presence of an audience, Honey and Nick, seems to only bring up either their worst or their best, depending on the point of view As their games go on, instead of exposing themselves how does one expose oneself when one already lives outside oneself , Martha and G [...]

  17. There will be order and constancy and I am unalterably opposed to it 36 I had previously wanted to read Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but without a particular sense of urgency until it was mentioned in a commentary on Strindberg s plays Apparently, Albee was influenced by Strindberg intrigued, I immediately ordered a copy, and ended up reading Albee s play in almost a single sitting Powerful and mesmerizing in the sense of hardly allowing you to avert your gaze , funny and also terribly sad, i [...]

  18. 4.5 This play about a dysfunctional couple reads almost as well as it plays on stage I have seen the film version with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton than once I kept hearing their voices while I was reading.

  19. Back and forth, back and forth, a husband and wife bicker They bicker about each other They bicker about their son They bicker about the company Back and forth, back and forth If you like watching verbal arguments take place for hours at a time than hours, in book form , then this is the play novelette for you.SPOILER It wasn t so much the characters that bothered me, or why they were arguing, it was just the arguing itself It seems this entire play is based on people picking away at each other [...]

  20. Picture the most awkward couple conversation you ve ever had to witness You know an argument on the day of their wedding boozy, passive aggressive comments that get called out eye rolling and mutters all that Then multiply it by a million Add some bipolar disorder delusion daddy issues mommy issues general emotional turmoil That approaches approaches Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.Plays are such a distinct medium Just in the diction and grammar, I find you can always tell when you re reading a p [...]

  21. I m admittedly a little biased as I played Nick in a production of this, but Edward Albee is one of the truly great playwrights of the 20th century and this is one of his masterpieces This unflinching look at living life without illusion is embodied in three acts that progress almost in real time through the course of an unforgettable evening of fun and games In fact, it is one of the most important evenings in these four characters lives for reasons which I won t spoil hereIs there a lot of fig [...]

  22. Wholly unfamiliar with this play when picking it up from a used book store, I was both enraptured and flustered by the manic pace of this one set story, and by the back and forth between characters delivered in circular and staccato fits Upon finishing, I know I need to see it performed to really get the full impact while there are only four characters, their individual motivations are often duplicitous, and there are so many dialogue tags within the text so much of it is sarcastic or otherwise [...]

  23. The first time I saw Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf was a few months ago and when I sat down in the theatre I had no idea what to expect All I knew was that it is a famous play and that I thought the title was funny After the first ten minutes or so I thought I had it all figured out it was a comedy of manners about a loud wife and her grumpy husband I settled in for a night of easy laughs, maybe a bit of slapstick along the way Little did I know that by the time the first act was over, the audi [...]

  24. Read October 2016Rating 2 5 starsThe play covers one late night encounter between two couples who on the surface of things couldn t be different George and Martha are older, middle aged and with horrible, bitter feelings towards each other They are so spiteful and hateful but I think the behaviour portrayed seems realistic for a long term, unhappy marriage They are co dependant and miserable yet don t do anything to change their lives or marriage for the better.The younger couple are newly weds [...]

  25. This is such a sad play, but a very important one too Dreams fall apart and that makes life so tough to cope with, especially when we try to keep hold of them.

  26. A remarkable play that builds up into an excruciating experience in a battle arena that consists of one room of a house on the campus of a university, in which alcohol fuels a series of revelations designed by each antagonist to belittle their opponents In the beginning it seems that Martha and George, the principle enemies, have dragged a pair of innocents, Nick and Honey, into their conflict and that these newcomers will be caught in the crossfire but it turns out to be complicated than that, [...]

  27. What a dump Thus begins a most entertaining Albeography The language shocked prissy critics in the early 60s There s a lot of drinking, shrieking and insulting Another play in which 2 couples snarl at each other and you wonder why someone doesn t say, OK, we re going home But, if this was said, there s be no play.

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