Wednesday, April 8, 2020

One That Got Away: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

I think about how lucky Mike and I are, so far, every day. And we both think about all of our friends and fellow theater fans and hope that each of you is coping as best you can and staying safe. 

Like many of you, we had several tickets for spring Broadway shows, all of which were cancelled due to COVID-19. And just like you, we are disappointed by this. Don't get me wrong, there are so many other bigger, more important things to be concerned about. Still, there's one that got away because of all of this - Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

This production was to have been my very first exposure to this landmark play. I'd never seen it, the movie version or even read it. I was excited to see Laurie Metcalf again, doing her usual brilliant work. And I was really looking forward seeing Rupert Everett again (I saw him in Blithe Spirit), and this time in a dramatic role. Then there was the chance to see one of my favorite young actors, Russell Tovey, as well as Olivier Award winner Patsy Ferran, making her Broadway debut.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? played just nine previews between March 3 and March 11, 2020 at the Booth Theatre.

Well, Mike and I finally did see the movie last week, and were blown away. Now that I know what I missed, I'm even more disappointed. Ah well, next time it comes around...and now I can look forward to seeing Ms. Metcalf in another play I've never seen live - Death of a Salesman.


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