Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? by Edward AlbeeWho's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

byEdward Albee

Mass Market Paperback | March 1, 1983

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“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.”
Edward Albee, the American dramatist, was born in 1928. He has written and directed some of the best plays in contemporary American theatre and three of his plays: A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women have received Pulitzer Prizes. His most famous play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the New York Drama Critics Circle ...
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Title:Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.75 × 4.18 × 0.73 inPublished:March 1, 1983Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0451158717

ISBN - 13:9780451158710

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Work of a Master I'm not here to add anything knew to anyone's understanding of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, I'm just here to say that this is a seminal work in the history of American theatre. Anyone interested in 20th Century American Drama must read it. Albee was a genius. (As it happens, Mike Nichols' film version with an adaption by Ernest Lehman, is also terrific but not nearly as terrific as an excellent production of Albee's original script.)
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling This is a dynamic play about the brawling and fighting George, a history professor at a small college and his wife Martha, the college president's daughter. One evening they host a new biology professor and his wife. But everything really begins before the couple arrives as we see just what type of relationship George and Martha have. The arrival of the couple only brings it out more and we see secrets revealed about both couples. The play flows along quickly with emotions including bitter and violent anger, insults galore, sarcasm, love, hate, tenderness, and about everything else there is. The play and its characters run the entire ranger of human emotions with the complex love and hate relationship of George and Martha taking the forefront and the true relationship of the other couple being seen. the play is both a comedy and a drama and shows the complexity of marriages. For George and Martha the arguing and fighting is almost like a game. But this game does not become such fun when surprises are revealed at the conclusion of the play. A play like none other. ..
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking! I picked this play up without really knowing what it was about or anything about the playwright, Edward Albee. I was in for an extremely pleasant surprise. The entire play houses biting remarks between George and Martha as they try to utterly humiliate each other in front of their guests, Nick and Honey. When Martha seems to be getting the upper hand, George has an idea. Cue the suffocating climax of the play and the stunning revelation that left me breathless. Amazing from beginning until end, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will haunt you long after the last page.
Date published: 2004-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? I am currently reading this book for my OAC English class. I have finished the book and I really enjoyed it. The only part that I didn't like much was how the book ended. I didn't really understand it and I think that there should have neen more to the ending. Overall the book was funny and very interesting.
Date published: 2000-02-19

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George and Martha seemed to have sentenced themselves to death by marriage before inviting some friends over one night so that they could really take the gloves off. In Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, their friends become pawns to bounce jabs off of as they jar ceaselessly at one another trying to deliver the knockout blow that will break at least a heart. This timeless dark comedy has been sopping up the acclaim of audiences for years thanks mostly to playwright Edward Albee's razor sharp dialogue and definitive plot constructions. The pay-off is an emotional, revelatory crescendo that is guaranteed to leave a searing mark on you.

Editorial Reviews

“Albee can…be placed high among the important dramatists of the contemporary world theatre.”—New York Post“An irreplaceable experience…A crucial event in the birth of contemporary American theatre.”—Village Voice