Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Reviews
Los Angeles Times- Recommended
"...Greenberg's production doesn't achieve the theatrical thunder of Anthony Page's 2005 revival with Bill Irwin and Kathleen Turner that came to the Ahmanson Theatre or the dramatic incisiveness of Pam MacKinnon's 2012 Broadway revival with Tracy Letts (the finest George I've ever seen) and Amy Morton. But despite not being a natural stage match, Quinto and Flockhart expose something infinitely fragile in Albee's shatterproof play."
Broadway World- Highly Recommended
"...Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play about discontent and despair in 1960s academia is brought to blazing, blistering life by director Gordon Greenberg at The Geffen Playhouse, its themes and anxieties as relevant as ever on its 60th anniversary."
"...All of the actors are terrific here, with Quinto arguably giving one of his best performances. Having first seen him on the Tori Spelling sit-com "So Notorious" 16 years ago, it's impressive to see how far he's come and how limber he is in different types of roles. Here, there is a sort of pathetic, exhausted aggression that morphs as he gets tired of being a punching bag. It's a subtle, mounting change that works beautifully."
Stage and Cinema- Highly Recommended
"...The work is exhausting - in all the best of ways. On a scale of 1 to 10, it starts at about an 8 in intensity, and works its way up from there. That's part of Gordon Greenberg's direction, sure. But it's also inherent in Albee's writing. The punches start early. The goal, I believe, is to push the limits of endurance born from the fear and pain of emptiness. The unrelenting nature of this all-night bender ensures that lives can never return to normal. It's a deep dive into cruelty and survival. If that sounds miserable, it's anything but. It's thrilling. The audience is waiting to discover what new low to which they'll descend. What would happen if we, one night, removed our filters? It's a terrifying prospect, sure. But it's also freeing. For when in your life were you ever allowed to be that candid, and have both parties still walk away? It's morbidly cathartic."
ArtsBeatLA- Highly Recommended
"...Director Gordon Greenberg delivers an ideal production that hits every nuance of the piece with precision and focused energy, taking an undeniably long beast of a play and keeping it compelling. Wilson Chin's scenic design of George and Martha's living room is handsome and expertly wrought - a comfortably lived-in academic's home that is actually a battle arena. Nothing need be said about Albee's play - it was and remains a masterpiece - but I picked up a couple of new insights from this production."
TheatreMania- Highly Recommended
"...Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? exposes the crud hidden behind the closed doors of American households between Eisenhower's cheery post-war tranquility and John F. Kennedy's focus-on-the-future optimism. No couple performs an S&M act, even without whips and chains, as depraved as George and Martha. Reveling in the play's bitterness and booze, Zachary Quinto and Calista Flockhart make a cruel twosome in this harrowing and darkly hilarious production at the Geffen Playhouse."
Daily Bruin- Highly Recommended
"...Running at the Geffen Playhouse through May 22, the vintage American play portrays one tumultuous night at the home of university couple George (Zachary Quinto) and Martha (Calista Flockhart). Having invited young partners Nick (Graham Phillips) and Honey (Aimee Carrero) for a post-party drink, George and Martha envelop their guests in the chaos of their violent relationship. While three hours and two intermissions certainly require emotional endurance, the captivating performances and masterful attention to tension and tone make "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" a thrilling theatrical voyage through a deeply twisted marriage."
Entertainment Weekly- Highly Recommended
"...The show's greatest magic trick is its wicked sense of humor. Virginia Woolf can be played for shock and awe, but at its heart, it is a twisted living room comedy. This production never forgets that, its casual cruelty both sharp and poisonously funny."
Stage Raw- Highly Recommended
"...So, does the play still hold up? While certain societal aspects are radically different - the nature of marriage and certain masculine/feminine dynamics - the core of human emotion remains the same. Both from a state of yearning and of loving, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? allows us to look at both our dreams and our relationships with brutal honesty."
Ticket Holders LA- Highly Recommended
"...This is still a definitive Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? despite any such druthers, offering one rich, completely dynamic performance I'm thrilled to have seen before I croak. I never got to see Laurette Taylor's Amanda Wingfield or Lee J. Cobb's Willie Loman, but hey: I got to see Zachary Quinto's star turn as George and, as badly cast (or directed) as his costar in this production might have been, without intentionally doing so, he "better, best, bested" her effortlessly."
Indulge Magazine- Highly Recommended
"...We all know that Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, considered one of the great post-war American plays, was adapted into the unforgettable 1966 film by Mike Nichols starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It's only natural we should approach any revival of this witty, dark, and devastating drama with some trepidation, and even sympathy for whoever dares stepping into the shoes of titans. So it's a reason for joy that this version, directed by Gordon Greenberg, not only holds us captive in its sharp teeth for the over 3-hours run time, but even manages to give us a fresh take on the beloved, jaded characters, thanks to some atypical casting choices."
Larchmont Buzz- Highly Recommended
"...At three hours-plus (with two intermissions), Virginia Woolf, now playing at the Geffen Playhouse, is immersive and riveting. A talented cast at the top of their collective game brilliantly play off each other, building resentments, abusing vulnerabilities and forever altering the trajectories of their lives."