(Charles Isherwood’s article appeared in The New York Times, 10/14.)

“George and Martha: sad, sad, sad.”

Those keening words may never have cut so
deep or hurt so bad as they do in the shattering revival of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia
Woolf?” that opened on Saturday night at the Booth Theater, precisely 50 years to the day after this landmark drama
first exploded like a stealth bomb on Broadway, establishing Mr. Albee as the
most important American playwright of his generation and setting a brave new
standard for truth-telling — not to mention expletive-spewing — in the decorous
world of the commercial theater.


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