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Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf

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Members say: Quirky, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent

About the show

Elevator Repair Service presents a sharp-witted parody of Edward Albee’s classic drama 'Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?", both as a loving homage and fierce feminist take-down.  More…

Kate Scelsa slyly subverts the power dynamics of the original play’s not-so-happy couple. In the end, no one will be left unscathed by the ferocity of Martha’s revenge on an unsuspecting patriarchy. 


Member Reviews (57)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent
70
Avg Score

77
Dizzying, Edgy, Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Scelsa's corrosive, funny & highly po-mo send-up of Albee's ...Virginia Woolf w/ bullying feminist Martha "woman-splaining" with a vengence

Don't see it if Author looses narrative thread in last 15 min w/George (ERS vet Vin Knight - brilliant) morphing into a drag Judy Garland singing love songs

47
Reminds me of an old, over-the-top satirical carol burnett tv show skit, but this skit goes on far too long

See it if 1st several scenes promising send-up of Albee play; parlor game to identify all literary references

Don't see it if soon over-the-top hyper-sexualized/straight and gay jokiness becomes boring; by end spins out of control; some actors can't do satire

75
Funny, Clever, Resonant, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you know the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. It is a lot funnier if you realize what has been changed for this production.

Don't see it if you are unwilling to skim the original play or at least the Cliff notes.

63
Quirky, Dizzying, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you like funny high-energy satires about how women are portrayed by Albee (and also Tennessee Williams) with many literary references

Don't see it if want satire that is more subtle and not SNL skittish or you don't like the work of Elevator Repair Service; don't like narrators to sum up

Also I usually love the zany work of Elevator Repair Service and liked the ... Read more Read less

81
Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky, Clever

See it if Love Virginia Woolf this is for you. Funny, quirky, contemporary take on a classic play.

Don't see it if Don't know Virginia Woolf then it may not be for you.

70
Clever, Confusing, Quirky, Indulgent, Hilarious

See it if You're a lover of internet fandoms and Great American Theater. You are conversant with Williams, Albee, Ibsen, and slash.

Don't see it if you can't stand farce or satire. You don't know what fan fiction is (or you do, and you've never read it).

78
Clever, Edgy, Profound, Quirky

See it if you understand the plot devices of Albee's original and know the issues with it. Plus, if you enjoy ERS way of presenting a story

Don't see it if you prefer a normal, linear, boring theater

71
Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you like ERS shows... if you like VERY broad comedy... and if you also have a deep knowledge of the theatrical canon

Don't see it if you don't like experimental, absurdist, satirical, broadly comic works... not everything makes sense... but you'll probably have fun!

100
Edgy, Hilarious, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like feminist, absurdist, hilarious, modern, madcap takes on classic plays. This is not your grandpa’s Albee.

Don't see it if You prefer your classics classic. This was deliberately anachronistic and wild.

80
Hilarious, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Overdone

See it if This prod. is avery funny parody worthy seeing.The writing is great, overall a great production well directed with a very talented actors

Don't see it if You can’t stand overdone loud screaming scenes

75
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like innovative theater

Don't see it if you only like traditional theater

71
Hilarious spoof of albee and much more....

See it if If you know Albee's play and are ready for a zany spoof that also tackles other cliches of theater & film. If you liked Collette Richland

Don't see it if You dont know or didnt like the Albee play. Want a logical, explicable succession of events, get impatient if you dont know what's going on

Also This is not for everyone, and the venue is not the most accessible. Bu... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Funny, Great acting

See it if A riff on WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, not a parody, more like a deconstruction on the themes, with amazing actors and a clever script.

Don't see it if you like linear narrative with a developmental arc.

82
Clever, Great writing, Quirky, Relevant

See it if you want to see how these characters fare in the 21st century. You love a good fan-fiction.

Don't see it if You are an Albee purist.

During previews
60
Broad parody, Wild, Loses focus, Self-referential, Must know source material

See it if you'd enjoy a send-up of Albee's play. Act I/II follow VW plot; Act III doesn't. Some good directorial touches; strong acting. Often loud.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. EF is played for laughs/societal insights. Impressive set. Sometimes you'll laugh; other times, scratch your head.

Also EFWVW is an extended comedy sketch, riffing on the classic play. It wo... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Surprising

See it if You like smart absurd comedies. Over the top yet they reign it in and actually leave you with an explanation of it all.

Don't see it if You don’t like farce or just completely ridiculous takes on classics, in this case, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.

During previews
45
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Irreparable

See it if you want a preposterous, convoluted, over-the-top mash-up of Albee, T Williams, Arthur Miller, Annie Hall, Will & Grace & The Twilight Saga.

Don't see it if you're unfamiliar with Albee's play of which this is meant to be a send-up or a feminist take-down (#fail); you're a fan of Albee's classic.

Also Since gaining wide attention for their smart, clever, literate, oddly-... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Tired, Ironic, Sketch comedy for theater majors, Intermittently funny, Hip music

See it if sketch comedy that takes off on Edward Albee (& Tennessee Williams) sounds like a lot of fun.

Don't see it if a blunt parody of Albee (& Williams) sounds like something you could live without.

Also “Is irony dead yet?” I sometimes ask myself, like this afternoon while... Read more Read less

During previews
72
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You want a parody of Albee & other mid-20th century male playwriting. You want to be entertained. You like non-traditional staging.

Don't see it if You're not familiar w/Albee & his influences.You don't like parody.You want less smug: most of it works, though parts get too much.

During previews
79
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if you like the original and are open to a revision full of laughs.

Don't see it if if you expect the original, anything serious or are bothered by screaming.

During previews
78
Clever, Confusing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if It help if you know alittle the outline story, but not needed, it's funny and I laughed alot.

Don't see it if If you think it the movie and book.

Also The first act was alot of fun and second ok I still had a idea what wa... Read more Read less

During previews
75
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you might like a strange reworking of the play that is quirky, camp, and over-the-top. Great comedic timing and delivery by cast.

Don't see it if you want to see the classic version performed on stage. This is totally reworked. The first act is hilarious, but it does lose stream.

During previews
75
Albee parody tries too hard

See it if Virginia Woolf parody goes way over the top. It's supposed to be a feminist take, but it just seems that Martha is more shrewish here.

Don't see it if And George is more drunk. Nick and Honey are more daffy. I wonder if this would make any sense to anyone who's never seen the original.

During previews
55
Indulgent, Disappointing, Meh for ers, Appeases everyone and advances no one

See it if you’re interested in feminism played out as an ivory tower abstraction that's barely applicable to real life

Don't see it if you’re most people; prefer plays that don’t rely too much on easy laughs & flattering the audience’s intelligence

Also To get a handle on why the play was even written, at a minimum you nee... Read more Read less

During previews
67
Clever, Ambitious, Confusing, Funny, Dizzying

See it if If you are a fan of the elevator repair service. It is best if you are familiar with the play Virginia Woolf.

Don't see it if Don’t see if you are uncomfortable with dramas which are symbolic and nonlinear.


June 12th, 2018
“A take-no-prisoners approach to satire...Theatergoers acquainted with Albee’s play will savor this production’s dizzy echo chamber of words and visuals...Those unacquainted with the play’s literary arcana can sit back and watch the cast riff jazzily on Scelsa’s punch-drunk dialogue...If 'Everyon...
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June 12th, 2018
"Less a deconstruction than a demolition derby...For roughly the first quarter of its 70-minute running time, the play is very funny...Scelsa’s writing is witty, the adept actors deliver amusing cartoons, and Collins’s staging features clever metatheatrical sight and sound gags. But zany parodic ...
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June 12th, 2018
“The gags come flying fast and furious but few of them land...Barely sustains its comic energy through its brief running time. Despite impressively committed performances from the ensemble, the piece ultimately feels like a Carol Burnett sketch with intellectual pretensions...The comic riffs seem...
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June 12th, 2018
“A mass deposit of theatrical allusions and styles, postmodern textual strategies and pop trivia...Scelsa’s script is a glitter bomb of meta spoofery and nested references...As ‘Everyone’s Fine’ spins into a second and third act, it grows increasingly fragmented and weird...John Collins’ springy,...
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