St. Thomas Players: Virginia Woolf
By Katie Scarvey
Ah, tainted love. There’s something horribly mesmerizing about seeing the door to a couple’s unhappiness thrown wide open, with the ugliness and pain out in plain view.
And it’s definitely out there in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” the classic Edward Albee play.
After opening on Broadway in 1962, it won the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play and was also selected for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. However, the award’s advisory board was bothered by the play’s sexual themes and use of profanity and chose to award no Pulitzer Prize for drama at all in 1963.
In 1966, the play was made into a movie, starring Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as the famously unhappy couple of George and Martha. Local favorites Bob Paolino and Mary Ann McCubbin will play the dysfunctional pair. The younger couple, Nick and Honey, are played by Jonathan Furr and Dana VanHoy.
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continues Friday and Saturday. It will also be performed April 13-16. Tonight is “pay what you will” night, with a $5 suggested minimum. There will be two brief intermissions, with concessions available.
Tickets for other performances are $10, $5 for students with student ID.
Advance tickets are available at The Literary Bookpost, 110 S. Main St. and online at www.stthomasplayers.org.
There will be optional discussions following the play on some of the nights, for those who want to stay.
The Looking Glass Artist Collective’s Black Box Theater is located at 405 N. Lee St.
For information, call 704-647-0999 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.