Mar 092014
 
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Last weekend Chris surprised me with tickets to a show called Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at a small community theater called The Curtain Call Theater in Braintree, MA.  I had never heard of this show before (and neither had he), but after reading the description of the show, I was excited to see it.  I was even more excited to check out the theater, though.  I had never been there and honestly some of the best shows I’ve ever seen have been put on at small, local theaters like this.

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features husband and wife George and Martha in a night of dangerous fun and games. A stunning, almost unbearable revelation provides a climax that has shocked audiences for years.  When the play opened in Broadway over 50 years ago, Newsweek rightly foresaw Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as “a brilliantly original work of art—an excoriating theatrical experience, surging with shocks of recognition and dramatic fire [that] will be igniting Broadway for some time to come.”  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

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It’s a really small, intimate theater, which I think added to the experience.  Sometimes when the venue is too big, it takes away from the show a little bit. Because the theater is so small, seating is not assigned.  The ticket window at the theater opens at 7:15 so you can pick up your tickets (you should make reservations to guarantee a seat, but it’s cash only, so you have to pay the night of the show) and the theater doors open at 7:30, so if you want good seats – be there on time.

We were there right at 7:15 to pick up our tickets and were the first ones in the door when the theater opened at 7:30, so we got front row seats.  Obviously I was unable to take pictures during the show, but here are some pictures of the stage:

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The play was really long – about three hours in total (it started at 8 pm and we didn’t leave until 11:30 pm), but there were two 10-15 minute intermissions, though.   The thing is, it didn’t feel that long.  The story was so compelling and I was hanging on their every word.  I was so wrapped up in what was happening and was dying to find out how it ended.

These are the actors that starred in the show the night we went:

George – Dan Kelly
Martha – Janet Ferreri
Honey – Rachael Rabinovitz
Nick – Curtis Bellafiore

The actors who played George and Martha (the main characters) were phenomenal.  The other two were just eh.

And here’s the picture of Chris & I that I posted on Instagram while we were waiting for the show to start.

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Have you ever seen Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  If so, what did you think?

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  86 Responses to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Curtain Call Theater in Braintree, MA”

  1. It was a great night and the show was funny I thought

  2. I haven’t seen it. I”m glad you got to go!

  3. I’ve heard of this show, but never seen it. Glad you liked it and were able to get such awesome seats!

  4. Never actually read or seen this one, but sounded like fun. Not sure I could sit for long now to be honest, but still sounded like a fun night 🙂

  5. I love going to shows like this one. It is a great way to get an adult night out with Hubby and to enjoy each other’s company. Sounds like you had a great time.

  6. What fun! My husband and I need to go on a date night soon, it has been way too long since we’ve had one 🙂

  7. I have never seen Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but I have heard of it for years. I should try to see it sometime. 3 hours is a really long show so it is a good thing for you it didn’t feel that long.

  8. So Sweet of your Hubby to get you tickets! I am a play and musical junkie. I think plays are perfect for date night! Glad you had fun!

  9. I love this play. Well actually I love referring to a couple I know using this play. It looks like a great night and reminds me that I need some culture in my life.

  10. i’ve only seen the LIz Taylor version, never live.

  11. I have never been to a play except for the kids school plays. I would love to go to one, especially if it is in a small theater. I had to go to a theater once for a summer program for my oldest son and the theater was so large that we could not really see or hear anything from where we are. I think the small theater experience you had would be a lot better. It was very nice of your husband to surprise you with that night out!

  12. That sounds like a great live performance. I have been to a few plays before and I just love live performances

  13. Got to appreciate front row seats

  14. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a theater for a show like that. I bet it was lots of fun for you and Chris! =)

  15. I haven’t seen that show, but I really enjoy live theater as well. It’s a nice date night activity!

  16. I hadn’t seen that show, but I’ve heard of it. I love going to see live theater.

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  17. I have never heard of it. They did a great job on the stage!

  18. You guys are too cute! Great shot! I love that you look like you’re just having so much fun.

  19. I love intimate plays too and I like the set from this show. We watched a show recently that had a lot of CGI effects. Too high-tech for my liking and kinda distracting to the actual acting / singing haha..

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  20. Looks like the show was very intimate. Most of the shows here in Miami are very large-but I truly miss that “Small theater” feel! It looks like you were right on stage!!

  21. Sounds like a great show! I really enjoy live plays. We recently found a great theater that’s a little bit of a drive but so worth it!

  22. I think they had a really intricate set! I have never seen this production, but would love too!

  23. Funny, I just drove by one of my towns small local theaters on Saturday and I thought to myself how I really need to go see more shows there. This show sounds great!

  24. I wish my hubs would sch fun outings like this!

  25. The girls have been asking to go to a play after attending one on a field trip. Not any kid-appropriate ones in our area though…

  26. I’ve not seen a play in a theater like this and I think it would be awesome!! You’re right.. Smaller productions tend to be better!

  27. I’ve never heard of this show either. It sounds like it was a very good show.

  28. I have not heard of it but if didn’t seem like a long play despite being 3 hours long that it was a good play.

  29. I’ve never heard of this play, but it sounds wonderful! I’m glad you all enjoyed your date night! 🙂

  30. I can’t even remember the last time I have been to a live play. It’s a shame because I REALLY enjoy them. Three hours is quite a long time but I am sure it was worth it! Date nights are always fun 🙂 Looks like you guys made the most of it.

  31. We love local community theatre. Its great for date nights and so fun! I’m glad you got to go.

  32. Very cool! I love going to small community theaters. We have a really great one about 5 minutes from our house and I really want to get there more often. Glad you had a great time and enjoyed the play!

  33. Oh I love this play! What a fun date night

  34. I’ve only heard the title of this play, but haven’t seen it. If it comes to our town, I will be more inclined to purchase tickets now. Sounds intriguing!

  35. Believe it or not, I have never been to a play. Well, when I was in highschool, but never as an adult. I think it would be a lot of fun, especially the play you attended!

  36. What a fun experience! I, too, love small and intimate theaters for the very reasons you indicated. Go hubs for the surprise tickets! Can he talk to mine?

  37. I’ve always wanted to see this play and the theatre you went to looks awesome.

  38. I love taking son to the local theater so fun. sounds like you had fun.

  39. I have never seen Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Sounds like you had a good time!!

  40. I’ve never even heard of that! But we have several theaters in the town we live in, and larger ones about a 30-45 minute drive away from us. We do love a good show!

  41. Yay – now this is my jam. I’m a professional costume designer, so this rings very happily in my heart. Glad you enjoyed the show!

  42. I read the play in college, but I’ve never gotten to see it. Some friends of ours did it at a theater in Kansas City a few years ago, so I feel like I know a lot about it because of all of their FB updates. Sounds like a fun night!

  43. Oh it sounds like a lovely time – I do love popping to the theatre – I have to admit I haven’t heard of this play before. x

  44. That is one of my favorite plays! I haven’t been able to see it in years, so I’m really jealous!

  45. I love watching plays; never heard of this one. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a play. This theater is so different from the once I have been to.

  46. I have not! But I have a recollection that Elizabeth Taylor and her then husband Richard Burton starred in it in the 60’s or 70’s {my teen years}. But I don’t know the story at all. Now I am compelled, thank you! lol

  47. I have not seen this play, but you make it sound really interesting! I like seeing shows at small, local venues. I think it really adds to the experience.

  48. Sounds like it was an awesome play! I’d love to see it.

  49. I hadn’t even heard of it before, but now I’m intrigued!

  50. I love small community theater and dinner theater. When my husband and I vacation, we always try and catch a local play. We have seen some fantastic ones along with some that were just ok. But it is one thing that always helps us remember that community in a special way.

  51. Very cool! I lived in Boston for 8 years, so totally love seeing this post. Looks like fun 🙂

  52. Community theaters are the best! We love going to our opera house to watch plays. It’s always an awesome experience! This looked like fun!

  53. I haven’t seen this play before but it sounds really cool. I love your pictures of the theater too. It looks like an intimate venue so every seat is good.

  54. I haven’t heard of this show, but I agree that small theaters are the best! We have a “Shakespeare’s Tavern” here and it’s always nice to visit.

  55. I’ve never seen it. But I’ve heard of it and would like to!

  56. Ive heard of this show but never saw it before. Looks like it would be good.

  57. What a fun time! It makes me want to visit our local theatre.

  58. Sounds like a great show! I would be interested in seeing it.

  59. I’ve never seen it before, but I know what you mean about the small theaters. We went to a teeny tiny one in TN. once and the show was phenomenal!!

  60. I never heard of it but I wished I could have seen it.

  61. I have never seen it. Your review has me remembering how much fun a good play can be.

  62. I’ve never seen the play before but would love to see it. I’m so jealous because I wish I was there as well. 🙂

  63. I’ve never seen the show but it’s one of those shows that I am always hearing people talk about! Hopefully the theatre in Miami puts on a performance one of these days!

  64. I’ve never seen it. Sounds like a interesting show. I would love to go to a small theater like that. Too bad Grant isn’t really into that though. 🙁

  65. I’ve never heard of this play before. It does sound interesting though. I actually love plays but haven’t been to one in years. This post has inspired me to try to attend one soon.

  66. When I was in college, there are plenty of stage plays in our school. At first, I really don’t pay too much attention on stage play until our professor obliged us to watch one. After that, my view on stage plays changed forever! Stage plays are awesome and I believe actors participating in stage plays are really skilled and talented. 🙂

  67. I haven’t been to a theater show in YEARS – what a great ‘date’ night! The play sounds awesome, and it always helps when there are great actors.

  68. One thing about a show that is good, you don’t notice how much time you are spending watching because what you are watching does such a good job of holding your attention.

  69. I haven’t been to a theatre show since high school! This sounds like it was really great, though. You do the most fun stuff!

  70. What a nice surprise for you! I haven’t been to a theater in ages. I think the last time was when I saw Midsummer Night’s Dream back in 10th grade!

  71. I haven’t ever seen it. Sounds like a fun night out, though.

  72. I’ve never heard of it. I do love going to local plays though,

  73. Sounds like a fun night. I enjoy live theater, and this sounds like a great show.

  74. I’ve always wanted to go to a play but never have gone. The town that we recently moved to has a small playhouse I might try to go to a few of their shows 🙂

  75. What a great show! I hope you enjoyed it… I saw it in the theater many years ago and it was excellent.

  76. It’s wonderful that your hubby surprised you with theater tickets! I’d love for Andre to be more interested in that stuff. It sounds like a good show, and the stage was set perfectly! Glad you had a good night out!

  77. I have always wanted to see this. Looks like you guys had a great time!

  78. It looks like you really enjoyed yourself! I’ve never been to a play outside of my kid’s plays

  79. I’ve heard of the play before, but it was just in passing. I’d love to watch it after reading your post!

  80. I haven’t seen this play but it’s sounds interesting. How nice that you had a date night at the theater.

  81. Looks like you guys had a blast!!! I would love to do something like this with Cory. 🙂

  82. I love community theatre but haven’t seen this play. There is a small theatre a couple blocks from us that we recently discovered that we plan to check out more often.

  83. I haven’t been to a play in a long time. I wish I had more time to go places like this and take the family. I’m sure they would have a lot of fun.

  84. I’ve never seen that play before but would love to. I just took my kids to see the local high school play. They did Beauty and the Beast and it was incredible. Such talent!

  85. If you liked the play, you’d probably love the movie if you’re into classic films. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (George and Martha) are the main stars of the movie. 🙂