Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Lakeside Little Theatre, in affiliation with National Theatre Live, presents the HD recording of the live production of Edward Albee's
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Albee's landmark play won both the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1962–63 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. First staged in 1962, it is frequently revived on the modern stage, and was made into a film in 1966 with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
In this extraordinary James Macdonald production from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, Olivier winners Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill star as the hosts from hell in this West End production of Edward Albee's best known play, arguably American theater's richest examination of an unhappy marriage.
In the early Sixties, when Broadway depictions of contemporary marriage aspired to the condition of “Barefoot in the Park,” Albee’s caustic exposé of life behind closed doors was so shocking that the administrators of the Pulitzer prize barred it from winning. That Albee’s hit still has the power to grip and chill audiences — most especially with the unexpectedly tender and hopeful final image — is a tribute to the shared vision of a production team honoring a master.
From The Guardian:
"This is one of those rare occasions when play, performance and production perfectly coalesce."
"Watching Albee’s play, I was reminded that there was once a Russian work called An Optimistic Tragedy. That title could be applied here. Albee’s play is tragic in that it shows an intelligent couple retreating into verbal violence and grotesque games-playing to camouflage their unhappiness. But it is optimistic in that George and Martha finally shed their illusions and face up to the bitter truth. The greatness of Albee’s play lies in its unspoken wish that the American nation might itself one day have the courage to confront reality."
From The Independent:
"James Macdonald's production is the first major revival of what is surely the late Edward Albee’s greatest play. I got to know the dramatist a little, having interviewed him four times. Enough, at any rate, to say with some confidence that I think he'd have adored this show.
NOTE: Both performances are 3:00 pm matinées!