Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?
by Edward Albee / Repertoire
It doesn't work together, but without each other nothing works at all:
Since the play's premiere on Broadway in 1962, Martha and George have been engaged in their merciless struggle over and over again. They are the champions of psychological marriage warfare. In the theatre up to this date they have been undefeated in their discipline. They have just returned home from a college party, getting worked up with their first little bickering. The fact that Martha has invited another young couple over does not help to improve the mood. During the night which is accompanied by plenty of alcohol, wild verbal combats and wicked games unfold until the façades of both marriages collapse.
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is far more than the well-made play that it became famous for being. It is a work of the century dealing with the splendour and misery of bourgeois marriage, fulminating in its anger, touching in its sadness, unparalleled in its insolence and in its wit.