Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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  • Title: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Author: Edward Albee
  • ISBN: 9780451158710
  • Page: 426
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twelve times a week, answered Uta Hagen, when asked how often she d like to play Martha in Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Like her, 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 unbeara Twelve times a week, answered Uta Hagen, when asked how often she d like to play Martha in Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf Like her, 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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    • Michael says:

      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.

    • Trevor says:

      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 teache [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      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 ho [...]

    • Rebecca McNutt says:

      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.

    • Kenny says:

      “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 laug [...]

    • Hadrian says:

      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 more implausible things than having a child. (hide spoiler)]

    • Maxwell says:

      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 more properly then. Needless to say, this was excellent.

    • Laura says:

      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 mind [...]

    • Kat Kennedy says:

      This play is so fucked. I don't know whether it's genius or madness. Probably both.

    • El says:

      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 theate [...]

    • Amaranta says:

      "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 più grandi e padroni di casa, e Nick e Honey più 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 perché il dolore provoca cattiveria e va gr [...]

    • Pooya Kiani says:

      چه کسی از ویرجینیا وولف می‌ترسد؟ حجم دیالوگ‌ها بالاتر از کشش متن بود. یعنی، با اینکه همه‌ی دیالوگ‌ها در خدمت متنه، اما همه‌ی متن دیالوگه، ناگفته‌ها دائم توی دیالوگ‌ها گفته می‌شن، هیچ نفس‌کشی برای مخاطب نیست، و این نفس‌ نکشیدن در خدمت فرم نیست. به خاطر همین نقص، شاهکار ا [...]

    • Beatrix says:

      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.”

    • Miss Ravi says:

      با وجود این‌که ما موجوداتی اجتماعی هستیم اما در شرایط خاصی ممکن است کاملاً غیراجتماعی بشویم. اخلاق را کنار بگذاریم و مثل اجداد بدوی‌مان رفتارهایی نشان بدهیم که فقط از یک نئاندرتال برمی‌آید. به خودتان نگیرید لطفاً. اما می‌دانم که اجتماعی بودن، متشخص بودن و رفتارهای همراه با [...]

    • Casey says:

      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"?

    • Suvi says:

      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 more like a surreal nightmare of funhouse [...]

    • Greta says:

      "Chi ha paura di Virginia Woolf?" è 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 è sempre, per forza di cose, parziale e incompleta, limitata e limitante, eppure questo è uno dei casi in cui ho sentito proprio poco la mancanza della controparte scenica. O forse dovrei dire che l'impianto dialettico è di per sé così catalizzant [...]

    • Beth says:

      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 [...]

    • Maria says:

      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?), Mar [...]

    • Steven says:

      "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 terri [...]

    • Leslie says:

      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 (more than once) & I kept hearing their voices while I was reading.

    • Lia Jacobson says:

      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 (more 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 [...]

    • Jill says:

      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 y [...]

    • Ted Wenskus says:

      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 o [...]

    • Cathy (cathepsut) says:

      RIP, Edward Albee! Thank you for a brilliant play, that led to an equally brilliant movie.

    • Danger says:

      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 otherwi [...]

    • Yara (The Narratologist) says:

      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, [...]

    • Faye says:

      Read: October 2016Rating: 2/5 starsThe play covers one late night encounter between two couples who on the surface of things couldn't be more 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 n [...]

    • Renée Paule says:

      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.

    • Rhys says:

      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 more complicated than [...]

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