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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962)

by Edward Albee

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George, a disillusioned academic, and Martha, his caustic wife, have just come home from a faculty party. When a handsome young professor and his mousy wife stop by for a nightcap, an innocent night of fun and games quickly turns dark and dangerous. Long-buried resentment and rage are unleashed as George and Martha turn their rapier-sharp wits against each other, using their guests as pawns in their verbal sparring. By night's end, the secrets of both couples are uncovered and the lies they cling to are exposed. Considered by many to be Albee's masterpiece, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is a "brilliantly original work of art -- an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire" ("Newsweek").… (more)
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I'm not sure I understood what was happening or why, nor do I understand what I recall of the book now, years later. But, it was a play, really, and only made into a book after the play's success. ( )
  mykl-s | Dec 30, 2022 |
Honestly, reading this play made me feel anxious. It was fast paced and verging on the edge of madness. They're all batshit crazy and very unlikeable. Apparently it's a classic for portraying a darker side of romantic relationships on stage and the inner secrets of a marriage - and at the time it undoubtedly would've been groundbreaking to confront the idea that marriages were more than the facade presented to the public. But while I can appreciate that it was scandalous at the time, it's hard to remember that when pretty much all you see these days are divorces, split families and mental breakdowns. 1.5 stars, rounded up to 2 for appreciating that it was radical and trailblazing at the time. ( )
1 vote funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
Wow. It's been a while since I've dabbled in the Theater of the Absurd. I've read Zoo Story and The American Dream, so this was quite entertaining--in a somewhat disturbing fashion. One could almost identify with Nick--uneasily listening in on a conversation (between George and Martha) that should have never been listened to. ( )
  wahoo8895 | Nov 20, 2022 |
Teszkó gazdaságos pokol: két ember elég a fenntartásához. Persze egymás kifilézésének élménye hatványozható, ha új személyeket vonunk be, a célnak pedig épp megfelel a biológia tanszék ifjú üdvöskéje: a tipikus WASP jócsávó, illetve hamvas felesége. Mert a pokol nézőközönség nélkül – úgy fest – nem is pokol igazán.

Amikor az első felvonás végén a függöny legördült, azon tépelődtem, hová lehet ezt még fokozni. Martha és George olyan mély sebeket ejtett egymáson, olyan félelmetes elszántsággal és pervertált intelligenciával csinálták ki egymást (mindezt a vendégek, Honey és Nick szeme előtt), olyan piszkos titkok bukkantak felszínre, hogy annál már – gondoltam – nincs lejjebb. Vajon mit tartogat nekünk még Albee?
1.) Rátesz egy lapáttal arra, amire rátenni nem lehet, és a párkapcsolati emberkínzás eddig ismeretlen szintjére vezet minket? Olyan mocskos titkokat bányász elő a lélek mélyéről, amelyeket elképzelni sem tudunk?
2.) A kicsinálást Martha és George személyéről áthelyezi Honeyra és Nickre, így a nézőből résztvevő válik? Valahogy úgy, mintha elmentél volna egy boxmeccsre, és hirtelen téged rángatnának be a szorítóba, hogy orrba csűrjenek?
3.) Esetleg az egymáspusztítás zenitjén az egész irányt vált, és megtudunk valamit a gyűlölet mélyén rejlő szeretetről?
A helyzet az, hogy Albee voltaképpen mindhármat megteszi. És pont ezért zseniális.

Nagyszerű dráma, a leghatásosabbak egyike. Olyan ereje van, hogy még a kissé avítt fordítást is majdnem feledteti. Nem lettem volna ott, ahol Albee az ihletet kapta. ( )
  Kuszma | Jul 2, 2022 |
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee (1983)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Edward Albeeprimary authorall editionscalculated
Braun, PinkasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Capriolo, EttoreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Collo, PaoloIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mölder, LydiaTÕlkija.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reve, Gerard Kornelis van hetTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Set in darkness. Crash against front door. Martha's laughter heard. Front door opens, lights are switched on. Martha enters, followed by George. MARTHA: Jesus...
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George, a disillusioned academic, and Martha, his caustic wife, have just come home from a faculty party. When a handsome young professor and his mousy wife stop by for a nightcap, an innocent night of fun and games quickly turns dark and dangerous. Long-buried resentment and rage are unleashed as George and Martha turn their rapier-sharp wits against each other, using their guests as pawns in their verbal sparring. By night's end, the secrets of both couples are uncovered and the lies they cling to are exposed. Considered by many to be Albee's masterpiece, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is a "brilliantly original work of art -- an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire" ("Newsweek").

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George, a disillusioned academic, and Martha, his caustic wife, have just come home from a faculty party. When a handsome young professor and his mousy wife stop by for a nightcap, an innocent night of fun and games quickly turns dark and dangerous. Long-buried resentment and rage are unleashed as George and Martha turn their rapier-sharp wits against each other, using their guests as pawns in their verbal sparring. By night's end, the secrets of both couples are uncovered and the lies they cling to are exposed. Considered by many to be Albee's masterpiece.
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