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Things to do in DC that don’t involve:
a.drinking.
b.dancing.
c.dancing while drinking
d. drinking while dancing
and are NOT museums.

January edition.

5790a.jpg Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a play by Edward Albee that opened on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theater on October 13, 1962. The original cast featured Uta Hagen as Martha, Arthur Hill as George, Melinda Dillon as Honey and George Grizzard as Nick. It was directed by Alan Schneider.
Subsequent cast members included Henderson Forsythe, Eileen Fulton, Mercedes McCambridge and Arthur Hill. It won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play of the season.
In the play, Martha and George, a bitter erudite couple, invite a new professor and his wife to their house after a party.
There they continue drinking and engage in relentless, scathing verbal and sometimes physical abuse in front of them.
(we are merely excercising what is left of our wits-says George at one point)
Martha is the daughter of the president of the university where George works as a history professor.
Nick is a biology professor (who Martha insists teaches math)
and Honey is his mousy, brandy-abusing wife.

AND NOW after the triumphant West End and Broadway productions of the play “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf” has arrived to DC’s Kennedy Center for a (very) limited January run.

Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin (an Albee play veteran)have been with the play from London to New York and are so comfortable with it that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Kathleen hams it up with her famous purry, almost lioness like voice, that fills the theatre and resonates with the naughty wit that has stayed the same ever since “Body Heat” even if the leading lady is les va-va-voomy herself.

The 3 acts revolve with some of the finest one liners this side of well, any other Albee play
(sample:
Honey: Oh, I don’t know, a little brandy maybe. “Never mix, never worry!”
George: Martha? Rubbing alcohol for you?
Martha: Sure! “Never mix, never worry!” )
and progressively go from (very darkly) humorous (I swear to GOD George, if you even EXISTED I’d divorce you. )
to uncomfortable (I’m tired, I’ve been drinking since nine o’clock, my wife is vomiting, there’s been a lot of screaming going on around here!) to positively poignant.
And is not to be missed. If possible

Tickets run in the 25 to 78 dollar range and can be purchased at the kennedy-center.org. Can you say: your date will be impressed?
(because God Knows, we at BYT were)

and if you don’t feel like shelling that much out you can always satiete your Albee needs with the movie version starring Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.

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