Department chair Scott Edmiston has directed an acclaimed revival of Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The play is featured in a course that Edmiston is teaching this semester in American drama. Here’s a sampling of the critical response to the production which runs at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through February 12.
“Barkhimer, Plum, Whelton, and Spyres are indeed a sublime cast, but Edmiston’s vision is the pièce de résistance. He makes this 1962 play feel relevant and powerful, not dated in the least, and blocks the action to aim dramatic focus and build the tension, while not sacrificing the considerable humor in the script. He steadily hammers away at Albee’s theme of truth vs. illusion, until it slowly sinks in that we are facing that selfsame dichotomy in the new world order of 2017.”— “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will blow your house down – Broadway World
“Edmiston’s production at Lyric Stage underscores the extent to which Albee’s play still has the power to unsettle. The air is often charged with the expectation that something ugly is about to happen (or the actuality of something ugly happening). “ — Scorching ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ still has plenty to say – The Boston Globe
“We should consider how fortunate we are to be able to experience this brilliant work in such a near-perfect production, especially with (but not limited to) such an extraordinary ensemble. The playwright, whom we lost just last year, would undoubtedly be pleased with what is quite possibly the finest work from this estimable company in decades, and a bout (an apt word indeed) not soon forgotten.” — “Virginia Woolf”: Capping a Tough Night – South Shore Critic
“George and Martha… have long since been carved into the Mount Rushmore of American theater…At the Lyric, abetted by late-night guests Nick and Honey, Albee’s eviscerating couple squawk and purr and fight through three acts and three hours of linguistic fisticuffs. And under the insightful direction of Scott Edmiston, with the estimable Paula Plum and Steven Barkhimer doing the sparring, the connubial war is both intimate and spectacular.” — Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ is Intimate Yet Spectacular – WBUR The ARTery