Saturday, September 01, 2007

Company B

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
By Edward Albee

GEORGE [murderously]: I’m really looking forward to this, Martha.

George and Martha are having the new couple over for drinks. That it’s two in the morning and the booze has already been flowing only serves to make the upcoming game of Get the Guests more interesting. But as the marital sparring intensifies, the night spills into frenzy and none of them will make it to sunrise intact.

Act one is called ‘Fun and Games’, act three is called ‘The Exorcism.’ In between is one hell of a scrap between two of the most battered and brilliant prizefighters of twentieth century drama. This is a funny and exhilarating look at what happens when truth and illusion go for each other’s throats in the citadel of liberal democracy. Company B brings you up close to Edward Albee’s masterpiece in a raw, stripped-back take from Benedict Andrews.

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