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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway)

From 43 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

About the show

Metcalf and Rupert Everett return to Broadway in a new production of Edward Albee's classic drama of marital strife, directed by Joe Mantello. More…

From the show:

In 1962, when Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? stunned its very first Broadway audiences with its radical, provocative, and unflinching portrait of a marriage, Edward Albee instantly became the most important American playwright of his generation. The New York Times exclaimed that the new work “towers over the common run of contemporary plays.” At that season’s Tony Awards ceremony, the production racked up five wins, including Best Play and lead acting prizes for its two stars: Uta Hagen and Arthur Hill. Next spring, a new company of theatrical powerhouses take on this landmark drama nearly sixty years after its legendary Broadway premiere.


Member Reviews (43)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

During previews
84
Raunchy, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Great acting, sets and lighting. One of Albees best. If you like deep, dark plots.

Don't see it if Not an upbeat play. Could be depressing for some. If you want a comedy.

During previews
91
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy stellar, demanding, performances by great actors, at a 60's based university, on a good set with excellent lighting and costumes.

Don't see it if if you don't appreciate Albee, are triggered by alcohol abuse, couple squabbling & battling, sexual partnering or hate fake cigarette smoke.

During previews
92
Great staging, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if Light dusting of Albee perennial of spotlight-hugging boozy duo allows the abled to play:One chews scenery/One wears wounded close to bone.

Don't see it if Not a lick of chemistry glue cementing them;but that fills more spaces of a wider playground to exercise mind games for weary, snozzled duo

During previews
95
Tragic, Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you don’t want to miss actors at the height of their craft performing one of the finest plays ever written.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a pick-me-up. This ain’t it. Despite some funny moments, this is a tragic and depressing story about human decline.

During previews
85
Indulgent, Overrated, Slow, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You’ve never seen this play before — it’s definitely a solid production — or want to see Metcalf at the absolute top of her game.

Don't see it if You’ve seen this play countless times and are no longer thrilled by it. Only when Metcalf is on stage does this production excite.

During previews
85
Mantello's touch refreshes a tired classic

See it if Having seen the recent revivals, I feared this might be tediously argumentative. But the new cast & direction brings it alive. Laurie stuns

Don't see it if Drinking, smoking, humiliation are not fun for you. Rupert and Russell are terrific. Patsy is fine, too. Often tough to watch, but sublime

During previews
80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like Albee. Rupert Everett is excellent Laurie Metcalf overacts a bit but is riveting. Funny yet disturbing play-interesting mix.

Don't see it if Length is a problem...almost 3 hours. Lots of shouting, anger, tough dialogue. Not a happy play.

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see four excellent actors in a riveting production of this play. Metcalf is great and Patsy Ferran is a delightful Honey.

Don't see it if Almost 3 hours is too long, you prefer light musicals, you don’t want to watch people fighting.

Also What a brilliantly written play!

During previews
90
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Exceptional ensemble matched with a great American play staged to perfection. Metcalf and Everett are wonderful,Ferran is best Honey

Don't see it if The play is difficult exploration of marriage as emptiness and desperation, truth&illusion as coping mechanisms,no panacea from civilization

During previews
92
Riveting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see one of the stage's greatest actresses devour one of the stage's greatest roles with a stellar supporting cast.

Don't see it if the story isn't your speed, including frank sexuality, alcoholism or psychological games.

During previews
81
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Long, Brutal

See it if you want to see a powerfully acted revival of a classic play about a disintegrating marriage.

Don't see it if you want a feel-good evening. This is a brutal show, and it will not leave you uplifted. It's absolutely worth seeing, but it's grueling.

During previews
81
Dated, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if For the actors. This is a beast of a play, and the characters are famously heinous to each other. But not a weak performance in the group.

Don't see it if If you can’t admire good acting through a veil of SEVERE verbal conflict and pain. I would not sit in the front, house left. Fake cigarettes

Also 2 hours, 50 min. I had vaguely known what it was about. Look up a basi... Read more Read less

During previews
93
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Wonderful production of Edward Albee's American classic. The acting was just superb especially Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett.

Don't see it if I think every theater goer should experience at least one production of this American classic although disturbing at times

Also I saw Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin years ago in this play and it bro... Read more Read less

During previews
96
Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if Albee's well-written&lighted,amazingly staged&acted play abt living w/ w/out illusions.Funny on the surface,dark riveting revealingX170min

Don't see it if exchanging partners/cheating annoys you.

Also Mesmerizing theatrical exploration on absurdity/stark fear to face rea... Read more Read less

During previews
82
Intense, Funny, Great acting

See it if Excellent acting - Laurie Metcalf is a force. This production is well done, with humor at times. It’s long but the actors do Albee justice.

Don't see it if You have no interest in seeing 2 couples spend a night on an emotional roller coaster.

During previews
82
Hilarious, Absorbing, Dated, Intense, Great acting

See it if you love intense drama about real life and the illusions we make up to be seen as happy. It’s deep! Metcalf is spectacular and haunting

Don't see it if you live two lives- one in public and a different, filtered one through social media. You’ll be upset by this.

During previews
84
Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if The actors are all good separately, but there is a certain intensity, rage, chemistry that was lacking. This may be b/c it's still previews

Don't see it if Very disturbing to see Laurie Metcalf spit directly into Rupert Everett's face in today's times. Also don't sit in the front row, a lot of

Also natural spitting going on during all the yelling. At one point the oth... Read more Read less

During previews
98
Searing, Surprisingly funny, One of the very best american plays performed by a stellar cast!

See it if You enjoy wrenching, yet often funny, superbly performed

Don't see it if You want something light

During previews
90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy great dramatic performances and classic plays. Are a fan of Albee, or any of the actors.

Don't see it if You can't sit for three hours (with one 15 min intermission one hour in). You prefer light and entertaining - this isn't it.

Also This is a three act play which audiences aren't used to anymore and th... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you want to see this classic done extremely well. The four actors are each excellent. Laurie Metcalf in her best performance yet.

Don't see it if you are looking for the usual Broadway experience.

During previews
95
Intense, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a terrific staging of one of the greatest American plays.

Don't see it if you don't like turbulent drama. This is heavy duty stuff.

Also This is one of my all-time favorite plays. You expect excellence from ... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a brilliant production of a thought provoking and entertaining play

Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged by a play that requires careful attention and requires the audience to keep sorting out fact from fiction.

During previews
95
Top-notch in every way. stellar performances by a quartet of superb actors. as vicious, visceral, abusive, devastating, & shocking as it was back in 1962. riveting, intense, wickedly funny. a must see!

See it if you are looking for first-rate drama, intense performances. Albee's Virginia Woolf has lost none of its stunning power & its power to stun!

Don't see it if full-on marital warfare, malignant & cruel, is not your idea of an entertaining evening on the town.

Also Simply put, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" is a Great American Play.... Read more Read less

During previews
94
Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Profound, Masterful

See it if You enjoy Albee, appreciate intense drama, enjoy Metcalf and Everett, enjoy seeing an emotional, atypical thought provoking play.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy intense, an unpredictable story with alot of anger and drunkeness.

During previews
85
Ambitious, Intense, Epic

See it if you are a fan of this show, it's a solid and intense revival of a great play, Laurie Metcalf and Patsy Ferran are worth the admission alone.

Don't see it if If you need something light and funny, this is not the show for you. It's also 3 hours, so be prepared.

Also This is a play that I love, and one that can be excruciating to sit th... Read more Read less


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