Who´s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf?

Review by Willard Manus

Forty-five years after its Broadway premiere, Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF? seems funnier and less shocking this time around; familiarity with the play has taken some of the bite out of it (there's been a movie as well, don't forget). But the bilious dialogue between the two warring couples draws laughs, especially when delivered by Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin (backed up by Kathleen Early and David Furr), the stars of the visiting production at the Ahmanson Theatre. They've deservedly won all kinds of prizes for their acting, both in New York and London. But as good as they are (thanks to Anthony Page's direction), the play, which clocks in at over three hours, begins to become tiresome, largely because Albee's jokes keep striking the same note, again and again. Less would have amounted to much more. (Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call 213-628-2772).