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Monday, October 4, 2010

George and Martha Redux

A local company was brave enough to open a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? last weekend, and I attended with trepidation remembering the last time I saw this difficult-to-perform play and wound up exiting at intermission...the first one, as there are two. Yawn.

Well, what a difference from my previous experience! I am not saying that the actors were Taylor and Burton, but they were amazing and I watched their mesmerizing performances with my dropped jaw almost reaching my lap.

 I know from my limited stage experience that fisticuffs are carefully choreographed, but when an actor hits the stage with a noisy thud, it's gotta hurt. And there was a lot of physical contact going on among the four actors. The dialogue was equally astounding: shouting, overlapping lines, spit flying, the whole ball of wax... almost too real, with heart wrenching pathos at the play's end. It was so intimate and overpowering, I felt like I was intruding.

The actors must have been totally exhausted after curtain calls. I know I was; and all I had to do was sit there and gape at the human eruption happening in front of me, making the discordant family scenes in my memory bank seem like  a visit with The Brady Bunch. Whew.


  1. This potent play must be performed well to deliver the power. Glad you weren't disappointed this time!

    Love the Taylor/Burton sparks in the film version.

  2. Hey! Where is this playing! Wonderful to have local stage be so riveting. I was just talking about this play and film. It makes me aware of how great an actress Elizabeth Taylor is. Fun!


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