Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? left audiences dazzled after its first 1962 Broadway performance (the 1966 big-screen production, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is now available on DVD and follows the original script very closely).
The dark comedy, centered around one of literature’s most memorable couples– George and Martha– follows a wrenching night of emotional games between the two and a seemingly innocent couple who become dangerous pawns for George and Martha’s amusement. In the 60s, the ending was shocking, whereas in 2012, where everyone is a psychoanalyst, the ending is easy to guess. Regardless of its predictability, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’s crescendo of emotion makes it an exciting experience of American theater and classic literature.