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Review: Astonishing revival of ‘Who’s Afraid?’

October 15, 2012 • Entertainment


This theater image released by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows, from left, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Amy Morton, foreground, and Madison Dirks during a performance of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, opening Oct. 13, 2012 at the Booth Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Michael Brosilow)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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.

If only the characters onstage were as easily repaired.

This masterpiece of a play by Edward Albee is now celebrating its 50th anniversary on Broadway with an astonishing production courtesy of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Time has not dulled a word of the play, but this group manages to add even more illumination, despite the broken lamp.

Starring Tracy Letts and Amy Morton as the battling couple at its heart and terrifically led by director Pam MacKinnon, the “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” that is being Login to read more

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