There are lots of good plays and probably even more bad plays, but there are only a handful of legendary plays—those plays that shook the theater, jolting us out of old ways of thinking and forever changing what comes after. These are my favorite plays because we are altered by our encounter with them. Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf still grabs us as intensely it did half a century ago with its exposéof dreams and self-destructive fantasies.
Triad Stage opens its 19th season with a classic American play that takes a sometimes funny, sometimes painful and often unsettling look into married life.
Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” tells the story of two couples who meet at a university faculty party and return to the older couple’s home for a drink. That couple, George and Martha, soon spill their most intimate secrets and the bitter feelings that exist between them. The young couple, Honey and Nick, learn just how manipulative George and Martha can be. The play will run through Sept. 29 at Triad Stage.
After an evening attending “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” I again realized how fortunate we are to have a nationally recognized, locally grown professional regional theater in the heart of Greensboro.
It is easy to take Triad Stage for granted, as it has been producing theater prolifically since 2002. However, the longevity and growth is not something to take for granted; it requires a “village” of audience members, patrons and creative people to “raise” a theater.