Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Show Poster

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Critics’ Reviews

Tracy Letts and Amy Morton face off as George and Martha, one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples in Albee’s hilarious and provocative masterpiece. They're 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.

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About Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Set in the fictional college town of New Carthage, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? begins as George and Martha, a middle-aged history professor and his wife, return home after a faculty get-together. During the party, Martha’s father, the president of the college, had introduced the couple to a new teacher and his wife, and unbeknownst to George, Martha has invited them over for drinks—tonight. As George and Martha sling insults at each other, their wide-eyed guests, Nick and Honey, arrive. At first, the young couple is disconcerted by George and Martha’s bickering, but as the liquor flows, Nick and Honey find themselves drawn into their hosts' tumultuous, damaged world. What begins as a night of fun and games quickly becomes a boxing match as George and Martha battle their guests…and each other.


Critics’ Reviews (4)
A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

"You'll leave the gathering shaken and sobered, but also exhilarated. All golden anniversaries should be this memorable."

USA Today

Elysa Gardner

"Morton's may be the most sympathetic Martha ever to appear on stage—her implosion in the play's final scenes is devastating on multiple levels."

Entertainment Weekly

Thom Geier

"Letts is so blisteringly good—so incisive in every shift of mood and strategy and cuttingly comic barb—that there is a real danger he might be derailed from playwriting by an onslaught of acting offers."

The Chicago Sun-TImes

Hedy Weiss

"This Steppenwolf Theater production, the first necessary ticket of the fall Broadway season, establishes beyond question that at the half-century mark, an age when many plays, not to mention many people, are showing signs of flab, Mr. Albee’s scalding drama of marital discord still retains the bantam energy and strong bite of its youth."

The New York Times

Charles Isherwood

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