Time to say goodbye to George and Martha. The 50th anniversary Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? will complete its (extended) limited engagement on March 3. At the time of closing, Virginia Woolf will have played 159 performances on Broadway.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? opened on October 13, at the Booth Theatre, exactly 50 years to the day of the play’s original Broadway opening on October 13, 1962 and received overwhelming critical acclaim. Ben Brantley called the revival “the first necessary ticket of the fall Broadway season.” While, Thom Geler said the production “just about manage[s] to eclipse the memory of the fine Broadway revival starring Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner just seven years ago.”
Directed by Tony Award nominee Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park), the production features the original Steppenwolf cast led by Tracy Letts and Amy Morton, the playwright and the star of the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning smash hit August: Osage County. The two face off as George and Martha, one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They are joined by Carrie Coon and Madison Dirks as the unwitting young couple invited over to George and Martha’s for an unforgettable night of cocktails and crossfire.
This production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ? originally ran at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company from December 2, 2010 – February 13, 2011 before transferring to Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, where it ran from February 25 – April 10, 2011.
The Broadway production features the original Steppenwolf creative team: Todd Rosenthal (scenic design), Nan Cibula-Jenkins (costume design), Allen Lee Hughes (lighting design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (sound design).