note: entire contents copyright 2009 by Beverly Creasey
While Edward Albee was taking his famous swipe at our very first “first couple” and our lust for “manifest destiny,” it seems he knew a few things as well about our future “failing, falling” economy back in l962. WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF resonates handily post 2008 and the Publick Theatre’s smart revival of Albee’s juggernaut (playing through Oct 24th) gives us the chance to revel in his gorgeous, lusty, lethal language.
Director Diego Arciniegas gets fine performances all around, with a tour de force for Nigel Gore as the slow to ignite history professor married to and harried by the formidable Martha. Tina Packer plays the blowsy, defiant drunk of a faculty wife whose pronouncements rule the roost, even when she’s mistaken. When Gore’s Goerge has had enough, his anger fuels the fire that sparks Albee’s magnificent conflagration.
As the young couple Martha invites for late night fun and games, Angie Jepson and Kevin Kaine take their roles well beyond the “foil” status to which they’re often relegated. Both Jepson and Kaine stand up to George and Martha when the going gets rough--- but the journey which leaves you glad you visited this nasty, little soiree is George’s.