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