March 22, 2010 | |

Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf Review Mumbai

You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games. Be on your guard – a slew of verbal abuse, relationship power conflicts, dark humour and deeply layered games are to follow. This is catharsis at its brutal best. Edward Albee’s disturbing and powerful play is a scorching portrayal of the destructive, sadomasochistic and tempestuous relationship that exists between a History professor and his wife. When middle-aged Martha and her husband George are joined by a younger couple for cocktails, the stage is set for a night of drunken recriminations and revelations. Tahira Nath, director, ‘Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf’, gets down to brass tacks… In conversation with Karen Menezes “I simply adore this play”, she says, face lighting up. “I came across the film adaptation several years ago and subsequently fell in love with the original script, a classic I stumbled upon in my earlier years.” The film, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, won a nomination in every single category it was eligible for at the Academy Awards. The play screened at Thespo, however, is abridged and omits references to religion, time, space and the Berlin Wall. The focus is the tumultuous, complex relationships between sexes and the games people play. George and Martha give the impression of despising each other… Martha is a highly flamboyant character, juxtaposing with the restraint and subtlety that her husband George displays.

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