"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf": Reactions in 1962 and 1980
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This paper compares the criticism and reactions to the 1962 original production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and the 1980 revival of Edward Albee's landmark work. The author states that play has thrived over the passage of time, having become an undeniable classic in the playwright's lifetime. Calling it a stark, gritty portrayal of marital disillusion and power-plays, combined with the awkwardness of public betrayals of vulnerability and deeply guarded secrets, the paper says the original production revolutionized American theater and has even been seen as the high point of Broadway in the last 40 years. However, according to this author, the 1980 revival, although critically acclaimed in its own right, did not enjoy the prestige or controversy of the original.
From the Paper:"Albee's production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf opened at the Billy Rose theater in October 1962 and starred Arthur Hill, Uta Hagen, George Grizzard, and Melinda Dillon; it consequently ran for 664 performances. The play essentially depicts the interactions of two married couples in an academic setting; the older married couple, George and Martha, represent a bickering, disillusioned older couple. George is a professor who is overpowered by his alcoholic, bitter wife who had hoped that he would have achieved a more stellar position in the academic community. The long-married couple is united by an unseen child who is later exposed to be nothing more than imaginary. The couple is paralleled with a younger couple, Nick and Honey, who are starting out in life and appear to be following a path similar to that of George and Martha. Nick is beginning his own career as an academician, and Honey, bubbly and empty-headed, has falsely entrapped Nick into marriage with a false pregnancy. The psychological, social, and emotional dynamics are portrayed during the proceedings of an awkward dinner party."
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