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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Edward Albee

COMPANY : Pinch n' Ouch Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 5329

SHOWING : August 10, 2018 - September 29, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

On the campus of a small New England college, George and Martha invite a new professor and his wife home for a nightcap. As the cocktails flow, the young couple find themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war where the combatants attack the self deceptions they forged for their own survival. Edward Albee’s hilarious and harrowing masterpiece, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, showcases one of theatre’s most notoriously dysfunctional couples. The Broadway production was a shattering and memorable experience and proclaimed the author as a major American playwright.

Performing August 10 - September 1 with one cast and director and from September 6 - 29 with a different cast and director.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Cast 2 Grant McGowen
Director Cast 1 Brian Ashton Smith
Martha (Cast 1) Jennifer Lee
George (Cast 1) Jeff Morgan
Honey (Cast 1) Michelle Pokopac
George (Cast 1) Chip Powell
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REVIEWS

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Who’s Afraid of Cast 1?
by playgoer
Sunday, September 2, 2018
4.5
Pinch ’n’ Ouch Theatre is presenting Edward Albee’s "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" in a two-month run, with a different cast and director for each month. Cast 1 has certainly set the bar high for its successor.

The set, designed by Grant McGowan, with props and set dressing by Nick Battaglia, is quite impressive. A floor-to-molding bookcase dominates the stage left wall, with paintings by Pam Wetzel on either side of it, extending up the audience right wall. A more eclectic collection of paintings, photographs, and diplomas is found on the stage right wall, surrounding the door, doorbell chimes, and opening through which actors and audience enter. The upstage wall contains three draped windows, the unhemmed white sheers slightly longer than the olive green drapes themselves. A love seat and two armchairs (one coming apart at the seams) surround a coffee table and Oriental rug. A small bar up left gets a lot of use; a phonograph and record album holder down left get less.

Sound and lighting, both designed by Mr. McGowan, are effective. Mr. Battaglia’s costumes are great for George and Honey, while being a little preppy for Nick and a little unsexy for Martha. The time period represented by the costumes is as fuzzy as the time period suggested by the bookcase, with its 1962 yearbook and novels by Ken Follett and Tom Clancy.

Brian Ashton Smith has blocked the action to make good use of the relatively small playing space. This is a talky play, but Mr. Smith prevents it from being static. He lets some quiet moments play out in their own time, without rushing them, making them quite effective. The third act is a little slow, due primarily to the writing as the evening wears down, but it’s a quite satisfying production overall.

Jeffrey Charles Morgan, as George, is splendid throughout, with every word and reaction totally in character. Jennifer R. Lee has the braying quality of Martha down pat, and shows vulnerability in the last act, but doesn’t give as nuanced a performance as Mr. Morgan’s. They both hold their liquor well as the stage fills with half-finished glasses of booze.

The characters of Nick and Honey start out relatively sober and get more drunk as the evening progresses. Lucas Scott is most effective when sober; his drunken behavior is pretty much one-note and maintains the same level of drunkenness through the end of the play. Michelle Pokopac is most effective when drunk, being totally believable as someone slurring and nearly passing out.

The play gets plenty of laughs, in spite of the spite and venom issuing forth from George and Martha’s mouths. It’s an American classic, and the production at Pinch ’n’ Ouch Theatre gives evidence of its staying power. Let’s hope Cast 2 does as creditable a job. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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