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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's afraid of Edward Albee?
Albee's most renowned, and perhaps greatest play, "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?", is a work of seminal genius. Set in a single room over the course of one night, alcoholics, George and Martha, play host to young couple Nick and Honey. In due course, each character becomes increasingly intoxicated, and drop hints and information about their lives.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Thai is a powerful play exposing the emotions of four people. That it holds together is due to the mastery of the author, Edward Albee. There is a grim fascination in watching the relationship of the central characters, George and Martha, grind remorselessly on to the end of the play. The language is harsh and too strong for some and it does not make comfortable viewing...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's afraid of Edward Albee?, 29 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Albee's most renowned, and perhaps greatest play, "Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?", is a work of seminal genius. Set in a single room over the course of one night, alcoholics, George and Martha, play host to young couple Nick and Honey. In due course, each character becomes increasingly intoxicated, and drop hints and information about their lives.
Written in a colloquial manner, imitating authentic speech, Albee creates a beautifuly paced and written satire on American society. Originally rejected by many critics of the time as "vulgar", the play now stands as one of literay's finest works. This really is an essential read.
Frankly, Albee has constructed a masterpiece, capable of deep meaning and satitre, yet at the same time criticing American society with sardonic bitterness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 15 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
I'm performing whoose afraid of Virginia Woolf as part of my as-level theatre studies exam and found this copy perfect. Although it doesnt have any aditional information on the play within the text it is perfect for those wanting a straight copy of the play but not great for those using it as an english text. Also most importantly, unlike many scripts the page thickness was great for use of highlighters which was essential as we wanted to use it as a practical play scipt and not just for study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant; a literary masterpiece, 23 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Edward Albee is a criminally underrated playwright of an era which produced similarly brilliant artists like Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill. Albee is right up there with the greatest of the greats, with this, his most famous play.

'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' is shocking, disturbing, and profoundly thought-provoking. The amalgamation of imported European absurdism and harsh, biting realism is skilfully managed to produce a piece of drama so equally sad, haunting and hilarious. There are some brilliant lines to come out of this text - Albee makes you laugh out loud at the weird and wonderful world of George and Martha (named for the Washingtons) as he paints his portrait of a warped marriage, so at odds with the American Dream.

The play centres around two couples: George and Martha - who express their love for one another through dysfunctional bickering, cutting insults and vitriolic disgust - and Nick and Honey, the guests of the older couple's bizarre performance. The hosts proceed to enact a metatheatrical performance within a performance, but with shattering results for all parties. The characters are full of life, full of laughter, tears, bitter disappointment, love, hate - they are, for all the absurdism, frighteningly real.

I would definitely recommend this play to anyone looking for a disturbing, upsetting, hilarious and deeply insightful performance, and a masterclass in the best of post-war American drama. Truly a wonderful work which should survive for generations to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tense and disturbing piece of drama, 6 Jun. 2005
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Before embarking on a reading of this play be warned that the entire piece is an emotional onslaught as family values are attacked, the entire concept of marriage is undermined and no character emerges unscathed by the proceedings of the long and boozy night over which the play is set. Confining the play almost entirely to the living room of George and Martha, screwed up couple number one, and making the only other characters in the play their guests, Nick and Honey, screwed up couple number two, results in a tense and claustrophobic piece of drama. Add to this an extremely large amount of booze and the inevitable revelation of long kept and destructive secrets, and the play becomes a damning indictment of both the institution of marriage and the destructive capabilities that couples can inflict upon each other.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great, criminally under-read book ..., 5 Nov. 2003
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'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf' is a haunting black comedy in three acts, by Edward Albee, published and produced in 1962.
The much-adapted drama revolves around two couples, and the lies they fabricate and the image of connubial 'bliss' and what that entails. The action takes place late at night, at the home of of Martha and George who are the older and central couple. They have just returned from a faculty party, drunk, tired and quarrelsome.
Nick, a young biology professor and his wife Honey stop over for a nightcap... and the malicious games begin. Martha and George torture and humiliate each other; Nick and Honey act as counter-foils and pieces in the game. There is a long night of heavy drinking and dark revelations.
Husband and wife peel each other, layers stripped away and old wounds laid bare.
George saves up the most brutal, ripping truth of all for the end. This work will stun you, first time 'round.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!, 1 Oct. 2011
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While this play may put people off because of its literary title, it is simply brilliant. The contempt between Martha and George is masterfully portrayed, and I would recommend this play not just to students of English Literature but anyone who appreciates a very well-written play!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath-Taking Masterpiece..., 30 Dec. 2003
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Wow. I never thought I could like a play so much. I had to read this for a class in college, so I admit that I didn't know what I was in for. I would've never thought that I would enjoy reading a play. This is a work of art with every line having meaning and significance.
A quick summary of the story without giving too much away: This is the story about an elderly couple who seem to hate each other with a passion. They're rude, loud, offensive, and insulting. When they invite a younger couple to their house, things quickly start to get out of control, while the elderly couple use their guests as sheilds and pawns in their brutal arguements and such. The story ends with a shocking resolution that will catch you off guard.
The dialogue in this play is so beautifully written. It reads like the way people actually talk. That is why I enjoyed it so much. It also enriched the characters that much more. Edward Albee did a magnificent job of weaving a tale that seems so realistic it's as if we are there at that house on that very night. There are no minor characters; everyone is important in a very significant way. It is refreshing to be able to get to know each character and the hopes, dreams, ambitions, and the conflicts that lie within.
I really enjoyed reading this wonderfully structured play. Much so that I have already read it at least seven times. It is a very easy read. And since it is mostly dialogue, it really doesn't take long to read. You could easily finish it in a day or two if you really put your heart to it. Even if you don't enjoy reading novels, maybe this is the solution. There is no lengthy descriptions of what color the characters' eyes are or what they're wearing. Just good old dialogue that will have you hooked from the very beginning. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is an outstanding play that will forever remain a true classic in American Literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 24 Jun. 2013
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I brought this for my A level English coursework on feminism. This was a really good but short play that had secrets scattered throughout that are eventually revealed. A great read and would highly recommend this!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great play!, 8 Jan. 2005
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This play is incredibly intense- the characters are so wrought up in a hell, the hell of America during this period, the hell of the Cold War and history's imprint on the future as well as the hell of the coming age of science mixed in with the hell of suburbia. The language is explosive and the atmosphere is about as heavy as thunder cloud about to collapse. Reading this play is like literally jumping into the hell of life for a brief moment, yet in the hysteric tragedy of their lives comes an immense satisfaction as you make it to the last page. Read it or see the film with Lizzie Taylor and Richard Burton.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!, 20 Nov. 2004
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I have just watched a production of who's afraid of virginia woolf in Queens University Belfast and I must admit that this dark tragi-comedy is one of the most enjoyable yet harrowing plays i have ever had the oppourtunity to watch! The film has nothing on the play despite miss Taylor being a wonder, yet i did have the fortune of watching some amazing actors! If you have an interest in American theatre, in fact if you have an interest in people read this play, it is a must!
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